2008
Eagles sweep weekly NAC awards

Eagles sweep weekly NAC awards
May 6, 2008

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

Benedictine University baseball players Kevin Graham (Crete, ill./Crete-Monee H.S.) and Jake Thompson (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South H.S.) were honored as the "Student-Athletes of the Week" by the Northern Athletics Conference for games played between April 28-May 4, 2008. Graham, a sophomore outfielder, had a great week in leading his team to a share of the 2008 NAC Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Graham hit .526 - with 3 doubles and a triple - for a .789 slugging percentage. He also drew five walks and did not strikeout at all, in garnering a .625 on-base average that helped the Eagles to a 4-1 week and the team's first conference title since 2004. He had nine runs scored and nine RBI, as well, and was errorless in the outfield in 14 chances. Thompson, a freshman right-handed pitcher, was a key factor in the Eagles' stretch drive. The rookie tossed the complete-game win in the crucial second game of the doubleheader sweep over Rockford. Prior to that last week, he got the victory in relief over regional-rival and CCIW foe North Central College. On the week, Thompson was sterling with a 1.12 ERA, had six strikeouts to just 1 walk and an opponent batting average of .074 for his eight innings of work. The Eagles begin play in the NAC tournament on Friday morning versus Concordia University Chicago (the fourth-seeded team). first pitch is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford, Ill.

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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.