2007
Softball sweeps Maranatha Baptist

Softball sweeps Maranatha Baptist
April 14, 2007

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

The Eagles' softball team claimed a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader at Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Saturday. Benedictine (15-10, 10-2 NAC) defeated the Crusaders by scores of 7-2 and 10-0. In game one, Benedictine starter Melissa Kennedy was streuck on the arm by a batted ball and had to leave the game after just two innings. Kennedy had not allowed a hit and had struck out four prior to leaving the game. Lisa Rybak came on and finished up matters to earn the win in relief. Freshman outfielder Aimee Mahoney was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in the Eagles' three-run second inning that made the score 4-0. Katie Bellich also had an RBI double and scored a run in that same second inning. In the second contest, Kennedy came back to the circle and scattered four hits over 4.0 shutout innings of work. Kennedy also had five strikeouts and one walk, before giving way to Kim Bakota. Bakota preserved the shutout with a scoreless fifth frame in the game shortened by the 8-run "mercy rule." Freshman shortstop Lisa Hodges had the big bat for Benedictine. Hodges went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Already leading 4-0 entering the fourth inning, the Eagles plated six additional runs in their half of the frame to cut the game short. Kennedy blasted a solo homerun to open matters and, three batters later, designated player Kate Kleinwachter blasted a three-run homer.

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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.