2008
Baseball opens with a win

Baseball opens with a win
March 8, 2008

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

What a way to start the season! In a game that had more significance than the usual collegiate season opener, Benedictine University defeated Eastern Nazarene College, 12-11, in 12 innings on Saturday evening in Ft. Myers, Florida. The win was the 800th in the collegiate coaching career of BU head coach John Ostrowski (36th season). Senior pitcher Shaun Wheeler pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to gain the win. Teammate, and fellow senior, Dan Vincenti tossed 3 1/3 hitless frames to hold ENC prior to Wheeler entering the game. Junior Rick Porcaro (pictured at right) had the most hits, as well as the key hit, for the Eagles. Porcaro - who missed all of 2007 with an injury - went 4-for-6 with a double and a walk in the opener. Porcaro also had the game-winning hit in the 12th inning. With Kenny Burdi standing on second base, Porcaro laced a single to right that scored Burdi with the winning run. Secondbaseman Kyle Bergman went 2-for-6 and a double, while senior Nick Rice was 2-for-5. Rice also drew a walk, hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice.

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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.