by Amanda Jarzynski
After splitting a double-header with Wheaton College, Benedictine softball showed their strength when they faced Rockford University on Sunday. Two games were played in the afternoon and both ended with the Eagles winning 8-0.
The first game stayed scoreless until the third inning when the Eagles scored four runs. It started with a double from Chelsea White and then Rockford walked Erin Kotlarz. Next, Sarah Koch hit a ball into centerfield, which brought White and Kotlarz to home plate for two runs. Koch scored when Kailee Cable hit a home run to give the Eagles a four-point lead.
The scoring streak continued in the fifth inning. After Cable hit a single, her teammate, Shannon Fritche earned a triple so Cable could score a run. Then, the sixth inning saw the Eagles score three more runs after they loaded the bases, and Koch hit a double into left field to bring all three of her teammates to home plate.
When the second game started, the Eagles used their confidence from the previous win to once again by an eight point lead. They scored quicker in this game with three runs earned in the second inning.
Fritche hit a single and got on base before Holly Haberkorn hit a home run. Then, Katie McKay hit a double into left field. McKay scored when White hit her own double into left field.
In the third inning, the Eagles scored two runs to increase their lead. Runs came when Kelly Mieszala hit a double and then scored from a Cable single. Cable scored when Haberkorn singled.
The final three runs were earned in the fourth inning. White started the scoring process by hitting a single, stealing second, and then advancing to third base off a single from Kotlarz. Then, White was able to steal home. Kotlarz scored a run off a triple from Koch. Finally, Koch scored off a double from Cable.
Rockford was not able to score any runs in the fifth inning, so the game ended in the top of the fifth.