2009
Softball sweeps pair from Marian

Softball sweeps pair from Marian
April 25, 2009

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

Saturday wasn't a good day to be faint of heart at The Sports Complex, as the Benedictine University softball team rallied in the sixth inning of both ends of a doubleheader to score 4-3 and 4-1 wins over Marian University (Wis.). With the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) wins, the Eagles improved to 29-9 overall and are now 19-3 in the NAC. Benedictine seemed headed toward defeat in the first game, trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Erin Galloway and Sam Corban opened the frame with back-to-back singles. That brought up Brittany Wolski who grounded to short. The Sabres got the force at second and the speedy Wolski narrowly beat out the relay to first to stay out of the double play, as Galloway scored from third. Kristin Bonk then crushed a double that brought home Wolski from first to make it 3-2. Blair Erickson fouled out for the second out of the inning. That brought leadoff batter Laura Christensen to the plate, who promptly singled to left and alertly took second when the Sabres failed to cut the throw, with Bonk stopping at third base. With the go-ahead run at second, junior Aimee Mahoney (2-for-4) crushed a liner to the right side. Marian infielder Ashley Engler knocked the ball down and, by the time she retrieved it, Bonk and Christensen had both scored as the Eagles grabbed the 4-3 lead. The offensive surge in the sixth seemed to energize freshman pitcher Brittney Adcox, who struck out two of the three batters she faced in the seventh, upping her game total to nine "Ks" and securing the win. Adcox improved to 16-5 on the year with the complete game win. In game two, BU and Marian were knotted at 1-1 after 5 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the sixth and with one out, it was Mahoney that got the would-be winning rally started with a double to right-center field. After Kara Walsh flew out to right, that brought up Cassie Cappetto as the Eagles' last hope. As she has done so many times before in her young career, Cappetto responded with a big hit, this time in the form of an RBI double. Galloway (2-for-3) kept things alive with a triple that drove in Cappetto, which was followed by a Corban single to right that made it the 4-1 final score. Freshman hurler Stephanie Iori notched 10 strikeouts to just one walk from the circle in game two. She scattered three hits and permitted just one earned run in improving her personal record to 8-2 on the season.

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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.