Getting in sync: Hitting, pitching, defense lead softball Monday

By Town Brown



The Benedictine University Softball team won both games of a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, as the Eagles (14-8) stretched their winning streak to four games by winning both games against Cardinal Stritch University (7-29) by the score of 10-2

BenU jumped out quickly in game one, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Eagles would add two more runs in the fourth before blowing it open with four runs in the sixth inning.

Leading the way for the Eagles in game one was senior shortstop Brittany Wolski, who went 3-4 with four runs scored. Also with strong games for BenU were Brittney Adcox and Sara Koch, who each went 2-4.

Adcox also got the win on the mound for the Eagles, going five strong innings giving up just two runs on three hits. She improved her record on the season to 9-3.

Game two was all Eagles as well, as they scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning. Highlighting the electric first inning was Wolski (who tripled and reached on a fielder’s choice), Adcox (who had an RBI single and a stolen base) and catcher Kara Walsh (who had an RBI double).

For the game, the Eagles tallied 17 hits. Walsh led the team with three hits, while Adcox, Koch, Kelly Mieszala, Chelsea White and Jess Fijolek all had two hits apiece.

“We killed the ball today,” explained Adcox. “Our batters one through nine were hitting the ball hard and we made things happen.”

Eryn Pondo got the win on the mound for the Eagles, as she followed up her perfect game against Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday by going six innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three.

The defense was also solid all day for BenU, as they committed just one error combined in the two games.

It was really windy out, so it was a little difficult, but we adjusted and played solid defense,” said Adcox. “We didn’t just give the other team outs. We made them make plays and earned every run we scored.”

The Eagles have split a lot of doubleheaders up to this point this season, but BenU has now swept their last two thanks to their improving young pitchers.

“It feels good to be winning both instead of splitting every double header,” said Adcox. “It means that we are coming together more, and our younger pitchers are getting more comfortable and confident.”

The Eagles look to continue their hot play as they travel to Dominican University for a Conference doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.