2008
Softball sweeps NAC opening doubleheader

Softball sweeps NAC opening doubleheader
March 26, 2008

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

Benedictine University's softball team got its Northern Athletics Conference slate of games off on the right foot, sweeping a doubleheader from Concordia University Chicago, 5-0 and 5-0. The Eagles improved to 7-5 overall on the year. Freshman hurler Sam Corban was the winner from the circle for BU. Corban went the full seven innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out six (with just two walks). Leftfielder Jill Kaskavage was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two triples. She also drove in a pair of runs - and scored once as well - in Benedictine's four-run third inning. Freshman firstbaseman Cassie Cappetto laced an RBI double in that third frame, as well. Cappetto was 1-for-3 in the game. In game two, it was much the same as game one. Benedictine's pitching kept the Cougars off balance and the hitting provided more than enough firepower. Freshman starter Brittney Carnell went the first five innings to get the win. Carnell allowed all three of CUC's hits in the game, but did not issue a walk, while registering four strikeouts. She improved her personal record to 4-2 on the year. Fellow freshman pitcher Caitlin Shaw came on in relieve and turned in two hitless innings of work. The Eagles out-hit Concordia by an 8-3 margin. Secondbaseman Sara Sanchez and outfielder Blair Erickson each collected a pair of hits to lead the offensive attack. Sanchez also scored twice, while Erickson drove in a run. The big blow of the game came off of the bat of shortstop Lisa Hodges. Hodges belted a two-run double in the second inning as the Eagles plated three runs. BU would go on to add solo runs in the third and sixth innings.

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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.