Baseball splits with Marian

Baseball splits with Marian
April 11, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143

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.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.