2008
Baseball edged by #12 team in the nation

Baseball edged by #12 team in the nation
March 25, 2008

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

Benedictine's baseball team proved to be it's own worst enemy versus Augustana College, committing two errors that led to five unearned runs in an 11-9 loss to the nation's 12th-ranked team. Benedictine fell to 6-6 overall. In addition to the errors, the Eagles' pitchers issued a total of eight walks. Six of the free passes would score for the Vikings. Freshman Jake Thompson was the starter for Benedictine and absorbed the loss. Thompson went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, five walks and five runs (four of which were earned). The Eagle batsmen continued to keep the team in games and out-hit Augustana, 11-10, for the day. Sophomore firstbaseman Kevin Ross went 4-for-4, with two doubles and two runs scored. Ross also drove in a pair of runs. Senior thirdbaseman Nick Rice was 2-for-4 with a run, while teammate Rick Porcaro also went 2-for-4. Porcaro, a junior designated hitter, drove in two runs, as well as slapping a double. Freshman shortstop Bobby Voss had a two-run double in BU's four-run fifth inning.

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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.