Softball Falls in Home Finale

Ravens swepts by Peru State, Missouri Valley

  • Monday, April 23, 2012

The Raven softball team went into the final weekend of its Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) schedule inside the top eight of the HAAC standings and a lock for next weekend's conference tournament.

What was still to be decided was what seed Benedictine would end up as they hosted Peru State College on Saturday and Missouri Valley College on Sunday.

Peru State took two from Benedictine on Saturday, sweeping the the Ravens 5-2 and 3-2 to maintain their lead over Benedictine in the standings.

Sunday, Missouri Valley also picked up a sweep to pass Benedictine in the standings taking game one 3-2 and game two 6-1.

Benedictine will be the No. 8 seed in the HAAC Softball Postseason Tournament, which begins on Friday. The Ravens will travel to Fayette, Mo., to take on HAAC regular season champion Central Methodist University.

In the weekend's opener, Peru State scored three runs in the sixth to break a 2-all tie and earn the win.

Hannah Dusil (Sr., Kansas City, Kan.) suffered the loss. Dusil threw six innings, giving up five earned runs off nine hits while striking out three. Katelyn Nill (Soph., Lenexa) finished off the game, giving up one hit over an inning of work.

At the plate, the Ravens went 8 of 27. Center fielder Shianne Busch (Jr., Fairbury, Ill.) went 2 for 3 with a double. Second baseman Allison Salva (Sr., El Dorado Spring, Calif.) and first baseman Jordin Burford (Soph., Olathe) each went 2 for 2 and 2 for 4 respectively. Burford drove in both Raven runs.

In the finale against Peru State, PSC pitcher Lyndsey Drumm out-dueled Nill for the win.

Both pitchers threw a complete game while Nill suffered the loss after giving up three runs off 10 hits over her seven innings of work.

At the plate, the Ravens went 8 for 31. Salva, third baseman Ashley Dobbie (Jr., Overland Park) and catcher Carli Dankenbring (Fr., Rossville) all recorded a two-hit game at the plate.

On Sunday, Dusil earned the game-one start an threw a complete-game, eight-hitter. While Dusil gave up just three runs, the Ravens only scored twice to hand Dusil her second loss of the weekend.

At the plate, the Ravens went 8 of 30 and one again where held to no extra-base hits.

Salva and left fielder Katie Bachkora (Sr., Lee's Summit, Mo.) combined to go 4 for 8 in the loss. Salva and shortstop Megan Eldrdige (Fr., Arvada, Colo.) each added an RBI at the plate.

In the home finale, Nill was once again out-dueled in the second half of a conference doubleheader. She threw her second complete game of the weekend, but gave up six runs off 10 hits as Benedictine was held to just four hits.

Benedictine went 4 for 25 at the plate in the loss. Busch went 2 for 2 with a double while scoring the Ravens lone run. Salva added a double and RBI to round out the Ravens offensive efforts.

The Ravens travel to Parkville, Mo., on for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday against Park University to wrap up the 2012 regular season.