2008
Capetto Ca-runch! Freshman leads softball to sweep of Alverno

Capetto Ca-runch! Freshman leads softball to sweep of Alverno
March 29, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Freshman firstbaseman Cassie Cappetto (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist H.S.) had the biggest day of her young college career in leading Benedictine University to a Northern Athletics Conference softball sweep - 6-2 & 11-1 - over Alverno College. The Eagles improved to 9-5 overall and 4-0 in the NAC with the twinbill wins at home. On the afternoon, Cappetto blasted a pair of homeruns - one in each game - that would have made Hank Aaron proud. Both proved to be the game-winning RBI in the respective contests and both were two-run blasts that easily cleared the 225-foot leftfield fence. Cappetto's totals for the day were an impressive combined 5-for-7 with four runs scored and five RBI. In addition to the pair of longballs, Cappetto also slapped an RBI double in game two. Senior Nikki Schlagel (Glendale Heights, Ill./Glenbard East H.S.) also had a great day from the plate, going a composite 5-for-8 at the plate. Schlagel also drove in five runs and scored three times. In the first game, junior outfielder Blair Erickson (Sheridan, Ill./Serena H.S.) was 2-for-2 as the Eagles out-hit the Inferno by a 9-5 margin. In game two, BU held a 10-9 advantage with the bat in the five-inning game shortened by the "mercy rule." In game one, the winning pitcher was freshman Brittney Carnell (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland H.S.). Carnell gave the Eagles five strong innings of three-hit pitching. She allowed one earned run and struck out five, while walking just one, improving her personal record to 5-2. Carnell also lowered her earned run average to a team-best 2.22. Sam Corban (Plainfield, ill./Plainfield Central H.S.) threw the final two innings, giving up two hits and one earned run in a non-save situation. Game two starter Caitlin Shaw (Crestwood, Ill./Marist H.S.) was the benefactor of the Eagles big ofensive outburst. Shaw scattered seven hits - permitting just one earned run - in her 3 2/3 innings of work. When Shaw allowed Alverno to load the bases in their half of the fourth with two out, Carnell was summoned to the circle to extinguish the Inferno. Shaw is now 3-1 overall. The Eagles will play a home doubleheader versus Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday at The Sports Complex. First pitch is slated for noon.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.