2009
Softball splits with Lakeland

Softball splits with Lakeland
April 26, 2009

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

Benedictine University - in third place in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) standings - split a doubleheader with second place Lakeland College on Sunday afternoon at The Sports Complex. The Eagles won the opener, 1-0, and dropped the second game, 8-5, to finish the regular season at 30-10 overall and 20-4 in the NAC. It was also the seventh time in the 34-year history of softball at Benedictine that a team has reached the magical 30-win plateau. The last Eagles team to hit the "30" marker was the 2001 team ) which won 34 games). BU will have a chance to add to this season's total later this week when play begins at the NAC Tournament on Thursday-Saturday in Milwaukee, Wis. In the first game, freshman pitcher Brittany Adcox was the benefactor of an unearned run scored by her team in the bottom of the third inning as the only tally of the day by either club. With one out, senior Kristin Bonk singled and stole second. The next batter, Blair Erickson, fouled out to third base. That brought up freshman Laura Christensen, who grounded to short. However, the Muskies' Kelly Bolton made an errant toss to first base which permitted Bonk to come all the way in from second base with the run. That proved more than enough for Adcox as she improved her personal record to 17-5 overall. Adcox allowed just two Lakeland hits and struck out seven, while walking none, in picking up the complete game shutout. Bonk was 2-for-2 in the first game, collecting half of her team's four hits. In the second game, Lakeland jumped all over BU freshman starter Stephanie Iori, who was lifted after 2/3 of an inning and charged with three earned runs. Adcox came on in relief and was treated just as rudely by the Muskie bats, surrendering a homerun to the first batter she faced and eventually giving up a total of four earned runs in her 2 1/3 inning stint. Sam Corban was charged with one run in one inning of work Iori re-entered the game and pitched three more scoreless innings in the game. Iori fell to 8-3 on the year as Benedictine's pitcher of record. Kara Walsh and Brittany Wolski each went 2-for-4 in the game. Wolski scored twice, as well. Aimee Mahoney was 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Christensen was 1-for-4 with two runs driven in.

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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.