2008
Eagles well-armed in sweep over Dominican

Eagles well-armed in sweep over Dominican
March 30, 2008

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

Benedictine Univrsity's baseball team completed a dream weekend of pitching with a doubleheader sweep of Dominican University on Sunday, 1-0 and 4-2. The wins upped the Eagles overall mark to 10-7 on the year. In the first game of the day, sophomore Dave Flott (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Driscoll Catholic H.S.) – who missed most of last season due to an arm injury and has been handled with “kid gloves” in the early part of 2008 – looked to be his old self versus the Stars. Flott posted the Eagles’ third-consecutive complete game – and second straight shutout - and scattered just four hits in the 1-0 win over the Stars. Flott struck out four and walked just one batter. Dominican's pitching was on par with Flott's effort, as BU managed just two hits, but capitalized on four Stars walks. Kevin Ross went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Kenny Burdi had the other Eagles' hit. Matt Brewer also drew two walks. In the second game versus Dominican, freshman Jake Thompson (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South H.S.) appeared to struggle early and looked as if he might get chased after allowing a pair of runs in the second inning. However, Thompson settled in and earned his first collegiate victory with Benedictine’s 4-2 win. Thompson not only settled down after the rocky start, but was dominating as he came within two outs of giving BU a fourth-straight nine-inning complete game. Thompson allowed six hits and just one earned run. He struck out four and walked two before giving way to closer Dan Vincenti (Downers Grove, Ill./St. Francis H.S.) to get the final two outs of the game. The game two offensive attack was spurred by designated hitter Rick Porcaro. Porcaro was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Catcher Brendan Keane was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Ross was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and three walks. The perfect pitching weekend for the Eagles not only gave the team top billing in the NAC standings, but also significantly lowered its statistics. The BU team ERA dropped by one full run per game, down to 3.40. The opponent’s batting average also fell by 20 points to .256.

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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.