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
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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.


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.