2007
Baseball drops non-conference contest

Baseball drops non-conference contest
May 2, 2007

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

The Benedictine baseball squad was held at bay for 5 1/2 innings before its bats came to life, but it proved too little, too late as the University of Chicago scored the 6-3 non-conference win. The loss dropped the Eagles' record to 14-21 overall. Chicago starter Dan Cozzi was cruising along with a perfect game through four innings. A walk to the Eagles' Matt Evans to lead off the fifth - and subsequent walk to teammate Derek Klinetobe later in the inning - ruined the perfecto. However, Cozzi managed to keep the no-hitter intact through five. Two consecutive walks and a fielder's choice to open the bottom of the sixth brought up Evans once again to face Cozzi. The Benedictine senior slapped a double to right-center field that broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with one swing, 4-1. A throwing error allowed Benedictine to slice the score to 4-2 after six complete innings. In the eighth frame, a bases-loaded walk to BU's Ryan Kerr, which plated Evans, made it 4-3. The Maroons added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth for the 6-3 final score. Benedictine starting pitcher Mark Erickson, making what was likely his final appearance in the Eagles' colors, pitched to three batters in the ninth inning without recording an out and was lifted. Erickson was charged with all six runs - only three of which were earned - as his personal record fell to 4-2 on the year. Erickson seemed to have uncharacteristic trouble with his control. He walked five UC batters, threw four wild pitches and hit one batter. Evans had half of his team's hits, going 2-for-4 from the plate. No other Eagle had more than one hit in the game. Benedictine will wrap up the 2007 season at home on Saturday (May 5) in a doubleheader versus Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and the Eagles will honor their six seniors in a pre-game ceremony.

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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.