2008
Baseball wins big twice

Baseball wins big twice
April 18, 2008

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

The Benedictine baseball team rung up a pair of easy wins on Friday afternoon, blowing past Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 15-1 and 11-1, in games both shortened to seven innings by the "mercy rule." The Eagles improved to 16-12 overall and 9-3 in the Northern Athletics Conference. In game one, Benedictine starter John Ready overcame some early wildness to improve his personal record to 3-1 with six shutout innings of work. Ready struck out five, but walked seven, while permitting just four hits. Adam Franson allowed one run in his one inning of relief work to close out the game. Benedictine amassed 13 hits in the game. Sophomore catcher Anthony Carioscia was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Also collecting two hits in the game were Nick Rice (2-2), Rick Porcaro (2-2), Kevin Graham (2-3) and Bobby Voss (2-3). Rice and Porcaro each had doubles in the game. Rice and Voss each also contributed two RBI apiece. Game two freshman starter Jake Thompson evened his personal record at 2-2 with five strong innings of work. Thompson struck out two and allowed just one run, before giving way to relievers Shaun Wheeler and Dan Vincenti (who each tossed a scoreless frame). Voss had another multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Brendan Keane and Kenny Burdi had identical lines of 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

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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.