2009
Baseball garners league awards

Baseball garners league awards
May 17, 2009

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

Benedictine University had four of its baseball players honored on the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) list of postseason awards which were recently announced. Heading the list is senior designated hitter Rick Porcaro (Tinley Park, Ill./St. Rita H.S.), who was a repeat selection on the First Team All-NAC list. Porcaro led Benedictine's team - which placed third in the NAC regular season - with a .397 batting average, while also topping the team in hits (60), home runs (3), runs batted in (46), on-base average (.468) and slugging percentage (.556). Porcaro also hit 13 doubles and a triple. Porcaro booked a total of 17 multi-hit games in 2009, including four hits versus Marian University on May 2. He also had a five RBI game against Edgewood College on April 18. Porcaro also ranked among the NAC statistical leaders in batting average (9th), on-base average (11th), slugging percentage (15th), hits (13th) and RBI (11th tie). Elected to the All-Freshman Team were second baseman Tony DeMartino (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East H.S.) and right-handed pitcher Nick DePaul (Niles, Ill./Maine South H.S.). DeMartino moved into a starting role in the 16th game of the season and never looked back. He hit .347, scoring 22 runs and driving in 25 more. DeMartino had eight doubles and a triple to his credit in 2009. He had a total of eight multi-hit games, including going 4-for-6 against Marian University on May 2. DeMartino also drove in five runs in a game versus Concordia (Wis.) on May 3 to help the Eagles clinch a NAC Tournament berth. DePaul was handed the ball in a starting role seven times and made nine appearances, overall for the Eagles' staff in 2009. He tossed 39 1/3 innings and had a 3-2 record, along with a 4.81 earned run average. He registered 25 strikeouts on the year, including nine versus Lakeland College on April 28. Junior first baseman Kevin Ross (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich H.S.) was Benedictine's representative on the NAC's All-Sportsmanship Team.

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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.