2008
Eagles pluck the Cardinals

Eagles pluck the Cardinals
April 29, 2008

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

Benedictine University's baseball squad scored a come-from-behind victory over local rival North Central College on Tuesday evening, 6-3. The win improved the Eagles' record to 22-14 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 12-20. Benedictine fell behind early when sophomore starter John Ready was touched up for three earned runs in the third inning. Ready left the game after six innings, allowing five hits and trailing 3-2. The Eagles sliced into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth when, with two out, Rick Porcaro was hit by a pitch from NCC reliever Joseph Gaza. Sophomore firstbaseman Kevin Ross was the next batter and promptly smashed Gaza's offering over the rightfield fence to make it 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals summoned Nick Pingel to the mound and he issued a leadoff walk to Nick Rice. Rice was sacrificed to second, then stole third and came home on an errant throw by the NCC catcher. Bobby Voss was the Eagles next man to the plate and slapped a double to left. Voss advanced to third when Kyle Rathbun grounded to second base for the second out of the inning. Speedy senior Kyle Bergman then drove the ball in the rightfield gap. When of the Cardinals' outfielders dove for - and missed - the ball, Bergman motored around the bases for an inside-the-park homerun that put BU on top, 5-3. Benedictine added another run in the fourth when Porcaro laced an RBI single that drove home Kevin Graham for the 6-3 score. Freshman pitcher Jake Thompson - a starter and who had come on to pitch the seventh inning for the Eagles - was the benefactor and improved his personal record to 3-3, thanks to his scoreless inning of relief work. Sophomore Dan Jedlowski picked up his third save of the season as the fifth Eagles' hurler, with a perfect ninth inning stint.

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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.