Eagles pluck the Cardinals

Eagles pluck the Cardinals
April 29, 2008

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

Benedictine University's baseball squad scored a come-from-behind victory over local rival North Central College on Tuesday evening, 6-3. The win improved the Eagles' record to 22-14 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 12-20. Benedictine fell behind early when sophomore starter John Ready was touched up for three earned runs in the third inning. Ready left the game after six innings, allowing five hits and trailing 3-2. The Eagles sliced into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth when, with two out, Rick Porcaro was hit by a pitch from NCC reliever Joseph Gaza. Sophomore firstbaseman Kevin Ross was the next batter and promptly smashed Gaza's offering over the rightfield fence to make it 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals summoned Nick Pingel to the mound and he issued a leadoff walk to Nick Rice. Rice was sacrificed to second, then stole third and came home on an errant throw by the NCC catcher. Bobby Voss was the Eagles next man to the plate and slapped a double to left. Voss advanced to third when Kyle Rathbun grounded to second base for the second out of the inning. Speedy senior Kyle Bergman then drove the ball in the rightfield gap. When of the Cardinals' outfielders dove for - and missed - the ball, Bergman motored around the bases for an inside-the-park homerun that put BU on top, 5-3. Benedictine added another run in the fourth when Porcaro laced an RBI single that drove home Kevin Graham for the 6-3 score. Freshman pitcher Jake Thompson - a starter and who had come on to pitch the seventh inning for the Eagles - was the benefactor and improved his personal record to 3-3, thanks to his scoreless inning of relief work. Sophomore Dan Jedlowski picked up his third save of the season as the fifth Eagles' hurler, with a perfect ninth inning stint.


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.