2009
Eagles bow out of NAC softball tourney on second day

Eagles bow out of NAC softball tourney on second day
May 1, 2009

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

After a first day upset sent it to the elimination bracket, the Benedictine University softball team was dismissed from the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) postseason tournament on the second day of the event Friday. The Eagles finished the 2008-09 season with a record of 31-12 overall. Third-seeded Benedictine was upended by sixth seed Concordia University (Wis.), 4-3, in the tournament's opening round on Thursday. But due to the carnage that enveloped the NAC tournament - as all three top seeds lost their opening games - the Eagles were pitted against No. 1 seed Aurora in an elimination game Friday. Benedictine crushed arch rival Aurora, 8-0, in a five-inning game shortened by the "mercy rule." In their second elimination game of the day, the Eagles then faced second-seed Lakeland College and came up short in a 5-2 game that ended their season. BU's young players had an outstanding tournament - as well as freshmen seasons - as head coach Kate Keller begins the task of planning for 2010. Shortstop Brittany Wolski batted .667 in the tourney, going 6-for-9 from the plate and 2-for-2 in steals. Freshman centerfielder Laura Christensen hit .500 (5-for-10) and third baseman Kara Walsh (4-for-9) batted .444, as well as driving in four runs. Senior Blair Erickson also hit .500 by going 4-for-8. Freshman pitcher Brittany Adcox was the pitcher of record in all three games of the tournament. Adcox tossed the two-hit shutout that eliminated Aurora.

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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.