Benedictine softball finally took the field for the first time at home this season sweeping MidAmerica Nazarene 5-4 in the first game and 7-2 in the second in its first Heart of America conference series Tuesday at BC Softball Field.

The outing was also the first time the team has stepped on their home diamond all season, including practice.

“For us to sweep MNU our first game and day on this field is huge,” senior shortstop Lilly Ross said. “It just shows us how good we can be the rest of the season.

Coach Paul Hunt said the win really showed the potential of what this team could accomplish as the season progresses.

“This group has the potential to have an awesome year,” Hunt said. “I think we got a good shot at being at the top part of the conference and give us a chance to compete at a bigger stage.”

In the fist game, the Ravens (10-8, Heart 2-0) jumped to an early 5-0 lead after two innings including a inside the park home run from Ross in the bottom of the second.

“It was just a hustle play,” Hunt said. “She had a really great effort and got moving.”

Ross said the experience of an inside the park home run was new for her.

“I’d never hit one before,” Ross said. “I just saw coach say ‘go go’ and so I had to just put the wheels on.”

Sophomore pitcher Erin Ziebarth and junior pitcher Alex Gilham both got their fourth wins on the season and pitched the whole game of their starts.

Hunt had praise for both pitchers performances on the mound and the timely hitting of his team.

“We got a really good job out of our pitchers today,” Hunt said. “We also got situational hitting. Our hitters did a good job of going the other way when we got runners in position.”

Hunt continued the high praise for season the Ravens’ shortstop is having so far.

“She is having such a good year,” Hunt said. “She is looking like an All-American at short and that’s very exciting for our defense.”

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