2008
Baseball goes 6-2 on Florida swing

Baseball goes 6-2 on Florida swing
March 17, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

The Benedictine baseball team got a fast start out of the 2008 gate, coming back from its annual spring trip to Ft. Myers, Fla., with a 6-2 record. While even the two losses were games that veteran head coach John Ostrowski thought were winnable, he was especially pleased with some individual performances. “Kennedy Grear had two great outings for us,” said Ostrowski. “He did a nice job of pitching within himself and facing each batter one at a time. I like how he competed. “Also, Rick Porcaro really hit the ball well as our DH. Considering this is his first collegiate action in more than a year, I was very happy to see him do so well.” Grear, a junior from Bartlett High School, went 2-0 on the week. He did not permit any earned runs in 11.1 innings of work. Opponents hit just .136 against him and he had eight strikeouts, while issuing just three walks. Senior Shaun Wheeler also amassed a record of 2-0 and, likewise, did not give up an earned run. Sophomores John Ready and Dan Jedlowski were the other victorious hurlers for the Eagles. Neither Wheeler nor Ready permitted an earned run on the trip. Porcaro came home with a .333 batting average and slapped a team-leading five doubles on his return engagement with the diamond. The junior was sidelined all of 2007 after suffering a shoulder injury during the pre-season that year. As a freshman in 2006, he had a .296 batting average and started 39 games. Sophomore Anthony Carioscia, junior transfer Matt Brewer and senior Nick Rice all returned with healthy batting averages. Carioscia hit .455 with a pair of doubles. Brewer hit .414 and drove in 11 runs, while Rice hit .400 with two doubles.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.