2007
Eagles softball earns post-season honors

Eagles softball earns post-season honors
May 11, 2007

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

Benedictine University's softball team had three of its players listed among the award winners for the 2007 Northern Athletics Conference post-season honors. Additionally, two Eagles were honored on the 2007 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region Team for NCAA Division III. The Eagles finished the year with a 21-20-1 overall record and were fourth in the final NAC regular season standings. Senior pitcher/firstbaseman Melissa Kennedy (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park H.S.) was named to the first team all-conference squad for the fourth time in her career at Benedictine (having earned All-Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference accolades the three previous years). She was also named to the NFCA's All-Great Lakes Region third team. Kennedy led the Eagles in both batting and pitching. With the stick, she had a .420 average (55-131), had 14 doubles, two triples and four homeruns, drove in 34 runs and scored 20 more. She struck out just seven times all season and had a .957 fielding percentage. From the circle, Kennedy was 14-10 with a 1.85 earned run average in 151 1/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .237 against her and she registered 138 strikeouts. Aimee Mahoney (Gardner, Ill./Gardner-south Wilmington H.S.), a freshman outfielder, had a brilliant inaugural collegiate campaign. She was named honorable mention All-NAC, as well as second team all-region on the NFCA's list. Mahoney hit .311 and started 40 games. She led the Eagles in runs scored (32) and triples (6). Mahoney also drove in 15 runs and drew 12 walks as BU's leadoff batter, also going 8-for-13 in steal attempts. Another talented freshman, Lisa Rybak (Midlothian, Ill./Breman H.S.) was also recognized on the NAC honorable mention list. Rybak, a pitcher and firstbaseman, hit .260 with 16 RBI. From the circle, she was 7-10 in 115 2/3 innings as a frosh with a 4.36 ERA.

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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.