Softball plays 21 innings for a win and a tie at Wheaton

Softball plays 21 innings for a win and a tie at Wheaton
April 23, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine University's softball team needed 16 innings to gain a 2-0 win at Wheaton College, only to play to a 5-5 tie in the second game of the non-conference doubleheader, which was called after five innings due to darkness. The Eagles improved to 21-12-1 overall. Senior pitcher Melissa Kennedy was the "marathon woman" in the opener, pitching all 16 innings to record her fourth shutout of the season. She improved her personal record to 14-5 and lowered her earned run average to 1.53 thanks to the elongated blanking of the Thunder. Kennedy had a career high 14 strikeouts in the game, as well. Nikki Schlagel led the Eagles' offense by collecting three hits (3-for-8), while teammate Katie Bellich went 2-for-7 as the only other player with multiple hits. As a team, Benedictine had nine hits. Schlagel, Lisa Rybak and Sara Sanchez each had doubles in the game. Sanchez's two-bagger to lead off the 16th inning proved to be the difference in the game. Sanchez was driven home on the very next at-bat when Rybak slapped a double to center. Benedictine added some insurance when Rybak scored on Bellich's RBI single. In the abbreviated second game, both teams amassed five hits before darkness cut matters short. Kennedy and Rybak each went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI apiece.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.