2008
Softball splits with Aurora to remain atop NAC standings

Softball splits with Aurora to remain atop NAC standings
April 15, 2008

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

Benedictine University's softball team came within a whisker of sweeping perennial power Aurora University, instead gaining a doubleheader split that keeps the Eagles on top of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) standings by 1/2 game. Benedictine is now 18-8 overall and 13-1 in the NAC. The Eagles looked like they had the first game in control, leading 4-1 after 4 1/2 innings. However, in the bottom of the fifth Aurora pushed across four runs to gain the upper hand, 5-4. Benedictine knotted the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh after Aimee Mahoney had doubled and Nikki Schlagel followed with an RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh, the Spartans reeled off three consecutive singles to plate the winning run off BU starter Brittney Carnell. Carnell fell to 9-4 on the year with the loss, her first in NAC play. Schlagel was 3-for-4 to lead the Eagles' 11-hit attack. Mahoney went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, thanks to a double and her third homerun of the season. Lisa Hodges also collected two hits - both doubles - in the loss. In game two, Sam Corban went the distance from the circle as she improved to 7-3 on the year. Corban scattered 10 hits and permitted just one run in the first inning before blanking the Spartans the rest of the way. BU again hit double-digit hit totals with 10, including another three hits from Schlagel (3-for-4). Cassie Cappetto went 2-for-3, as did Blair Erickson. Cappetto drove in three runs and Schlagel knocked home two. Each also scored once.

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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.