By Mike Woolf, Staff Writer
The Benedictine University softball team opened up conference play on Saturday, splitting a double-header with Aurora University.
In game one of the double-header, the Eagles followed the lead of their starting pitcher, Melissa Guzior. Guizior, who threw a complete game, allowed just one run on six hits and two walks and got plenty of support from her teammates.
After Sarah Koch scored on a wild pitch to put Benedictine on the board in the second inning, Chelsea White singled her home to make it 2-0. Kailee Cable also drove in a run with a single in the frame, making it 3-0.
Alyssa Dorchak singled home Koch in the fourth, making it 4-1. Kelly Mieszala and Melissa Stoch each added RBI singles of their own, helping the Eagles take the first game, 6-1.
The second game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Aurora pushed across two runs, one on a fielder’s choice and one on a single from Alana Weitzenfeld.
Brooke Spencer and Mia Henderson each knocked on RBI single in the fifth for the Spartans, which extended their lead to 4-0.
Another RBI single from Spencer and a two RBI double for Sarah Clauser, who would score later in the inning on an error, made it 8-0 in favor of Aurora.
Benedictine scratched across a couple runs in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the second half of the double-header, 8-2.
For the season the Eagles now sit at 9-3 with a 1-1 record in Northern Athletic Conference play.
Benedictine will next play at Elmhurst on Thursday in a double-header with the first contest starting at 3:00 p.m.