2008
Eagles drop non-conference baseball game at home

Eagles drop non-conference baseball game at home
March 26, 2008

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

Benedictine's baseball squad tried to rally from an early deficit on Wednesday, only to fall short in an 8-5 non-league loss at home versus North Park University. The Eagles are now 6-7 overall. Benedictine found itself down 6-0 after 1 1/2 innings and starter John Ready chased from the game. Ready was charged with all six runs, only two of which were earned. He also issued four walks during his stint. Freshman Matt Strle came on and restored order as BU attempted to climb back in the game. Strle worked 6 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and allowing two runs to the Vikings. Strle struck out three and did not walk a batter. Tommy Anselmo pitched a perfect ninth inning, as well. Benedictine began chipping away with single runs in the second andthird frames. Rick Porcaro's RBI single in the second and Nick Rice's sacrifice fly in the third drove in the key runs. That paved the way for the Eagles to tighten matters further in the fourth inning. With one out, Matt Brewer blasted a solo homerun, which was his first round-tripper for Benedictine. That was followed by a single from firstbaseman Kevin Ross. Porcaro then stepped up to the plate and promptly made it a 6-5 ball game by crushing his first homer of the season. Porcaro was 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game. After NPU had made it 8-5 in the top of the eighth, Benedictine had a chance to complete the comeback in the bottom of the ninth. The Eagles loaded the bases with just one out, but could not convert any more runs. Brewer, Kenny Burdi and Dan Glennon all had two hits in the game for Benedictine. Brewer walked twice, as well. Benedictine opens Northern Athletics Conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled to be played at Milwaukee School of Engineering (Noon).

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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.