by Tom Brown
Facing some stiff competition much like the baseball team, the Benedictine University softball team concluded their annual spring break trip to Clermont, Florida on Thursday with a record of 4-6.
The Eagles offense struggled on the first day of the trip, being shutout in the first two games by Hope College (losing 2-0) and Ramapo College (falling 7-0). BenU wasted a solid pitching performance from senior Brittany Adcox against Hope by mustering only five hits, and were only able to get seven hits against Ramapo.
In the first game of day two, the offense would explode in a 14-4 win over Trinity College in five innings. Adocx got the win on the mound while tallying two hits and two RBI hitting in the third slot, and freshman second baseman Chelsea White tripled and drove in two runs of her own. However, the Eagles were not as fortunate in their second game, as they lost 5-1 contest to nationally ranked St. Thomas University.
On day three, the offense built on their progress from day two by defeating Plymouth State 9-8 and Colby College 10-6. An Adcox two-run homer, two hits from senior catcher Kara Walsh, and a walk-off double in the ninth inning by senior shortstop Brittany Wolski sealed the deal against Plymouth. It was more of the same for the offense against Colby, as they hammered out 10 runs behind the solid games from Adcox, sophomore outfielder Kelly Mieszala, freshman third baseman Alex Daviera and sophomore first baseman Nikki Powers.
After a break on day four, BenU would fall on the fifth day to Wisconsin-Superior 9-1 and the nation’s third ranked team, Eastern Connecticut State, by a score of 4-3. The offense could only tally five hits in both games, and BenU squandered 3-0 lead and a good pitching performance from sophomore Kelly Loy in the second game.
Even though they allowed Eastern Connecticut State to come from behind, Adcox views the competitiveness of the game as a positive.
“We played really well against some nationally ranked teams,” Adcox said, “so once we get the kinks out we will still be the team to beat [in the NAC].”
On the final day of the trip, the Eagles would split. In a 11-5 win over Babson, Wolski led the way with four hits, three RBI, and a home run. Adcox drove in three runs of her own and pitched a complete game, and Walsh added three hits. The second game of the day was a rematch with Trinity College, and this time, Trinity would come out on top 7-3. The Eagle committed four errors in the game, the most in any game on the trip.
“The tournament didn’t go as well as we hoped,” Adcox explained. “I don’t think we necessarily reached our potential, but this trip was a learning experience.”
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday Mar. 28 as they travel to Aurora for a doubleheader with the Spartans beginning at 3 p.m.