2008
Baseball splits with Marian

Baseball splits with Marian
April 11, 2008

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

Benedictine University and Marian College split a Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) doubleheader on Saturday, with the Eagles taking the opener, 13-9, and the visiting Sabres grabbing game two, 4-0. Benedictine is now 14-11 on the year overall and 7-3 in the NAC. In game one, BU starter James Callahan went the first seven innintgs to gain the win, improving personal record to 3-1. Callahan struck out seven and walked just one, but was charged with all nine earned runs in the windy and sometimes-rainy conditions. Dan Jedlowski tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn his second save of the year. Marian's pitching had the same fate versus the elements as three Sabre hurlers were tagged for 13 earned runs by the Benedictine batters. Matt Brewer (photo at left) and Rick Porcaro each slugged their team-leading fourth homeruns of the year. Brewer went 2-for-3 with two runs and four runs batted in, while Porcaro was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Nick Rice was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Leadoff man Kenny Burdi went 2-for-3 and scored four times. Burdi also reached base twice via the walk. Benedictine also belted five doubles, one each by Burdi, Rice, Kevin Graham, Kevin Ross and Anthony Carioscia. Game two was the polar opposite of the first contest for BU, as Benedictine found itself with just one hit through the first five frames. The Eagles would eventually finish with six hits (compared to 10 for Marian). Kennedy Grear (4-2) absorbed the loss after pitching six innings and giving up four runs, only two of which were earned. Grear struck out six and walked two. Porcaro was the only Eagles' player with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4. He had a double among his hits, as well.

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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.