2007
Softball still perfect in the NAC

Softball still perfect in the NAC
March 31, 2007

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

Senior pitcher Melissa Kennedy picked up a pair of victories as the Eagles swept Rockford College 5-2 and 10-5 Saturday at The Sports Complex. Benedictine (8-8 overall) improved to 4-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference. Kennedy, now with a record of 6-3 on the year, was the winner in game one by throwing a complete game four-hitter. She struck out seven and walked six. With the bat, Kennedy went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Her two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning broke open a 1-1 ballgame and gave her team the lead it would never relinquish. In the second contest, freshman Lisa Rybak cruised through the first three innings before the Regents tagged her for two runs in the fourth and three more with two out in the fifth frame. Kennedy was summoned in that fifth inning and induced a ground out to third to end the threat and keep the 5-5 score intact. In the top of the sixth, Benedictine had RBI triples by Aimee Mahoney and Kennedy to key a five-run outburst that sank Rockford’s upset hopes. Mahoney led the Eagles by going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Kennedy and Rybak each went 2-for-4.

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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.