2009
Eagles' Porcaro a preseason baseball All-American

Eagles' Porcaro a preseason baseball All-American
January 12, 2009

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

Benedictine University baseball designated hitter Rick Porcaro (Tinley Park, Ill./St. Rita H.S.) has been selected as a 2009 Preseason All-American honorable mention by D3Baseball.com, it has been announced. Porcaro was named to the first team 2008 ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region baseball team for NCAA Division III. He was also a first team All-Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) pick last season and was the only player from any of the 12 NAC schools honored on the Preseason All-America list by D3Baseball.com. Porcaro, a junior, had a career season in 2008, leading Benedictine to a share of the NAC championship (the school's first conference championship since 2004). Porcaro led the team in virtually every offensive category, including batting average (.424), at-bats (158), runs (35), hits (67), doubles (15), RBI (39), slugging percentage (.633) and on-base average (.478). Porcaro was second on the Eagles' team with six homeruns. He also drew 14 walks and was hit by a pitch four times. Porcaro also had 19 multi-hit games, including going 5-for-6 with six RBI versus Concordia University (Wis.) on April 22. He hit safely in 36 of the team's 43 contests, and had 10 games with multiple RBI, as well.

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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.