2008
Baseball remains unblemished with twinbill sweep

Baseball remains unblemished with twinbill sweep
March 9, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6132
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's baseball team remained perfect in the embryonic stages of 2008, sweeping a doubleheader from Penn State-Abington, 4-2 and 5-4. The Eagles are now 3-0 on their spring trip to Ft. Myers, Fla. In the first game, the Eagles took advantage of nine PS-A walks and had some more timely relief pitching to gain the victory. Thirdbaseman Nick Rice was 1-for-2, with a run scored and two runs batted in. He drew three walks on his own, as well. Freshman shortstop Bobby Voss was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Derek Klinetobe drew a pair of free passes, too. Freshman righthander Jake Thompson was the starting pitcher and went 4 2/3 innings in his collegiate debut. He allowed four hits and two unearned runs, but left the game with no decision. Keith Haglund got the final out in the fifth inning. Sophomore Dan Jedlowski (pictured at right) earned the win with three hitless innings of work to close out Abington. Jedlowski walked one and struck out four batters. In all, the Eagles allowed just four hits. In the nightcap, BU found itself down 4-0 after two innings of play before getting off of the deck for the comeback win. The Eagles scored a single run in the third frame, as well as two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, for the victory. Designated hitter Rick Porcaro had the hot bat, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Porcaro, along with Rice, had a double. Rice went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI at the plate. Starting pitcher Matt Strle gave up four runs - three earned - in 1 2/3 innings in his first outing for BU. Kennedy Grear was the winning pitcher, thanks to 5 1/3 innings of masterful relief work, allowing just two hits, one walk and striking out three.

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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.