2007
Baseball players receive post-season honors.

Baseball players receive post-season honors.
May 23, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-60143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University had three members of its baseball team receive post-season honors from the Northern Athletics Conference. The trio includes seniors Matt Evans (Chicago, Ill.), Mark Erickson (Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada) and Kyle Bergman (Chicago Ridge, Ill.). Evans - who split time at both first and third base - was tabbed on the All-NAC first team. Evans had a career year in 2007, hitting at a team-leading .373 average (50-134). He also led the Eagles' team in runs batted in (33), doubles (11) and home runs (3), while also serving as a team captain. It was the second time Evans had received first team all-conference recognition, having also been cited as a sophomore in 2005. He missed a good portion of his junior season after suffering a season-ending leg injury. Erickson was named to the NAC honorable mention team. He was arguably the Eagles' most consistent pitcher in 2007, running up a 4-2 record in 47 1/3 innings pitched. Erickson's 2.28 earned run average was tops among BU starters, as was his miniscule .205 opponent batting average. He had 22 strikeouts on the year. Bergman, a transfer to Benedictine in 2007, was also tabbed on the NAC's honorable mention list. Bergman quickly became a fixture at shortstop, starting all 37 games (the only Eagles' player to do so). He hit .329 (46-140), leading the squad in doubles (11, along with Evans), triples (3), runs scored (31) and steals (22 in 24 attempts). Bergman's 22 "thefts" was the most by an Eagles' player since Carlos Navarez stole 27 bases during the 2000 season. It was also the 15th best single season total in Benedictine baseball history.

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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.