2007
Softball finds the road to Naperville bumpy

Softball finds the road to Naperville bumpy
April 30, 2007

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

The Benedictine softball team closed out the 2007 regular season by losing a non-conference doubleheader to regional rival North Central College, 8-0 and 10-2, in Naperville. The losses dropped the Eagles' record to 21-18-1 overall heading into this week's Northern Athletics Conference tournament (hosted by Aurora University at Jericho Park in Aurora) beginning Thursday. In game one, Benedictine was one-hit by the Cardinals. Kate Kleinwachter's one-out single in the second inning proved to be the Eagles' lone spark of offense. Melissa Kennedy took the loss for BU. She is now 14-8 on the year. Kennedy gave up four hits and six runs - two earned - in her three innings of work. In game two, freshman pitcher Lisa Rybak (pictured at left) was tagged for 11 of NCC's 15 hits. She was also charged with eight runs (seven earned) in 3.1 innings. Rybak is now 7-10 on the year. Rybak tried to help her own cause with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and one run batted in. In all, Benedictine had five hits as a team in the second game.

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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.