2009
Baseball defeats the University of Chicago, 4-3, in 10 innings

Baseball defeats the University of Chicago, 4-3, in 10 innings
April 8, 2009

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

While it may not go down as artistic, the Benedictine University baseball team will certainly take its 4-3 win over the University of Chicago in 10 innings. The Eagles improved their overall records to 9-11 with the win. Benedictine survived seven of its own errors in the game, leading to the three unearned runs tallied by the Maroons. The Eagles led 3-0 after two innings - thanks to four singles in the three-run second inning - before Chicago pushed across single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to knot matters at 3-3. In the bottom of the 10th frame, pinch hitter Colin Gilreath coaxed a leadoff walk. That brought up preseason All-American designated hitter Rick Porcaro with the winning run at first base. Porcaro, who was already 1-for-2 in the game with two walks at that point, stroked a fastball from UC's Dan McConologue to the left centerfield gap. Gilreath motored all the way around to score from first after Porcaro's walk-off double. Porcaro and leadoff man Mitch McMeen (who made his first start of the season in center field) each had two hits in the win. Senior closer Dan Vincenti - who entered the game with a 3-2 lead in the ninth but lost the "save" due to two BU errors in that inning - ended up the benefactor of the win in the 10th. Vincenti allowed no hits and struck out two during his two innings of work. Starter James Callahan went six strong innings, scattering four hits and not giving up a run. Callahan had four strikeouts and walked one.

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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.