2008
Eagles drop opening game in NAC baseball tourney

Eagles drop opening game in NAC baseball tourney
May 9, 2008

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

The Benedictine University baseball team - which had been averaging nearly 7 1/2 runs per game - ran into a power shortage in the first round of the 2008 Northern Athletics Conference tournament. The top-seeded Eagles were knocked off by Concordia University Chicago, 9-1, in the opening round of the NAC event. Benedictine will now face the loser of the Rockfrd/Marian game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. No Eagle player had more than one hit. BU did not have a hit until the bottom of the fourth when Kenny Burdi slapped a leadoff single. Kyle Bergman had Benedictine's lone RBI of the game in the eighth inning, driving home Rick Porcaro. Starting pitcher Jake Thompson, a freshman, absorbed the loss after 7 2/3 innnings of work. Thompson allowed five runs - four earned - and struck out three, and did not walk a batter.

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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.