By Tom Brown
The Benedictine Eagles softball team split a double header with Concordia University-Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon in their first home contests of the season. With these results, the Eagles are now an even .500 (7-7) on the season and own a 3-1 record in Northern Athletics Conference play.
Game one was all Eagles, as they beat the Falcons 6-0 behind the strong pitching of senior Brittany Adcox. She went the distance allowing just three hits and striking out four.
At the offensive end, the Eagles came out ready to hit, as they scored five runs in the game’s first three innings. Leading the way for the Eagles was freshman Chelsea White, who went 3-3 at the plate with two triples and three RBI.
Adcox was more than thankful for the support and believed the team played a solid all around game.
“In the first game we really came out to play and showed our true potential,” said Adcox. “We came out swinging and played really solid defense.”
The second game didn’t go as well, as the Eagles fell 4-1 to the Falcons. CUW scored three runs in the third inning, and BenU never had an answer for the Falcons’ pitching as they totaled just four hits.
“They scored on us first, so our momentum from the first game kind of went down,” said Adcox. “After they scored, we didn’t bounce back. We scored one run, but our bats were just kind of dead.”
Sophomore Kelly Mieszala agreed with this and thought that the Eagles simply lacked confidence.
“They scored first and we got down on ourselves,” Mieszala said. “We have to remember that you have to score to win, so we can’t get down when the other team scores.”
Danielle Burke picked up the win for the Falcons, allowing four hits and striking out three. Eryn Pondo took the loss for the Eagles, surrendering three hits and three earned runs in four innings.
Both Mieszala and Adcox believe that with a little more consistency, the Eagles will be right where they need to be.
“Today showed that us that we’ll be successful when we come out ready to play, and that we cannot settle after the first game or teams will take advantage of that on us.” Miezala said.
“Once we start playing consistently, we can bounce back no matter what situation we are faced with, and we will be tough to beat,” Adcox added.
The Eagles look to bounce back from their game two loss with another conference double header on Wednesday at Milwaukee School of Engineering at 3:00 p.m.