Due to field renovations not being complete to the Ottawa University softball field, the Braves traveled up to campus on Thursday to play a doubleheader against the Raven Softball team that was originally scheduled to be played in Ottawa on Friday.
Benedictine (5-3) took game one of the doubleheader, 9-4, before Ottawa (7-5) salvaged a split taking game two, 15-7.
Nikki McNeil earned the start inside the circle in both games for the Ravens. She earned the win in the opening, throwing a complete game. She gave up three earned runs off eight hits with three strikeouts. In game two, McNeil threw a total of three and a third-innings as she suffered the loss. She gave up seven earned runs off eight hits in the loss.
In game one, at the plate, the Ravens scored their nine runs off 10 hits. Lindsey Profitt went 3 for 3 with three RBIs while Courtney Parker added a 3-for-4 effort with a double and RBI. Sarah Methvin finished with a double and RBI while Alex Burris finished with two runs scored and a RBI.
In the second game, the two teams combined for 27 hits at the plate with a total of four home runs.
Lauren Berry combined with McNeil inside the circle in the game-two loss. Berry three three and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs off nine hits. Defensively, Benedictine was charged with three errors which led to a total of five unearned runs charged to McNeil and Berry.
Parker and Profitt recorded the Ravens home runs. Parker finished with three hits and two RBIs while Parker added two more RBIs to her day.
Benedictine is off until March 3-4 when they travel to Wichita, to take part in a tournament hosted by Friends University. The four-game road trip schedule is available on the Softball Schedule Page.