2009
Take two! Baseball sweeps MSOE in NAC opener

Take two! Baseball sweeps MSOE in NAC opener
March 28, 2009

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

The Benedictine baseball team snapped a three-game skid with a doubleheader sweep over Milwaukee School of Engineering, 12-2 and 9-2, at home on Saturday. The wins improved the Eagles to 6-9 overall and 2-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The tandem of junior designated hitter Rick Porcaro and junior outfielder Kevin Graham - batting No. 4 and No. 5 in the order respectively - almost single-handedly dismantled the Raiders. Porcaro was 3-for-5 and scored three times, thanks largely to Graham, who went 3-for-3 with five runs batted in. Each had two doubles among his hit collection on the day. As a team, Benedictine out-hit MSOE by a 13-12 margin in the wind-blown conditions. The Eagles slapped a total of five doubles. Junior James Callahan earned the win by going seven innings and permitting just two earned runs. Callahan surrendered 12 hits, but settled down after a shaky start. Dan Jedlowski tossed a scoreless eighth in a game shortened by the 10-run "mercy rule". Freshman righty Nick DePaul improved his personal record to 2-1 on the season with eight strong innings in the second game. DePaul struck out six and walked just one while scattering six hits. Third baseman Dan Healey went 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in the game. Graham collected another pair of hits (2-for-4), including his third double of the day, while junior outfielder James Janchenko went 2-for-3 with two runs and one ribbie after coming on in relief of injured centerfielder Kenny Burdi. In all, Benedictine banged out 11 more hits to complete the sweep over MSOE

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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.