2009
Baseball defeats the University of Chicago, 4-3, in 10 innings

Baseball defeats the University of Chicago, 4-3, in 10 innings
April 8, 2009

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

While it may not go down as artistic, the Benedictine University baseball team will certainly take its 4-3 win over the University of Chicago in 10 innings. The Eagles improved their overall records to 9-11 with the win. Benedictine survived seven of its own errors in the game, leading to the three unearned runs tallied by the Maroons. The Eagles led 3-0 after two innings - thanks to four singles in the three-run second inning - before Chicago pushed across single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to knot matters at 3-3. In the bottom of the 10th frame, pinch hitter Colin Gilreath coaxed a leadoff walk. That brought up preseason All-American designated hitter Rick Porcaro with the winning run at first base. Porcaro, who was already 1-for-2 in the game with two walks at that point, stroked a fastball from UC's Dan McConologue to the left centerfield gap. Gilreath motored all the way around to score from first after Porcaro's walk-off double. Porcaro and leadoff man Mitch McMeen (who made his first start of the season in center field) each had two hits in the win. Senior closer Dan Vincenti - who entered the game with a 3-2 lead in the ninth but lost the "save" due to two BU errors in that inning - ended up the benefactor of the win in the 10th. Vincenti allowed no hits and struck out two during his two innings of work. Starter James Callahan went six strong innings, scattering four hits and not giving up a run. Callahan had four strikeouts and walked one.

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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.