2009
No Fooling: Baseball wins 20-4 and 15-1 over Dominican

No Fooling: Baseball wins 20-4 and 15-1 over Dominican
April 1, 2009

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

There were no "April Fool's" jokes with the Benedictine University baseball team's bats in rolling up a pair of huge Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) victories - 20-4 and 15-1 - at Dominican University. The wins improved the Eagles to 8-9 overall and 4-0 in the NAC. Both scheduled nine-inning games were shortened to seven innings by the 10-run "mercy rule." As a team, Benedictine amassed 30 hits on the day. The Stars managed just eight hits total. The Eagles' offensive explosion had plenty of igniters, not the least of which was senior outfielder Matthew Brewer who drove in nine runs on his own. Brewer went 5-for-8 and scored five times, as well. Brewer homered once in each game, while also adding a double and a triple to his coffers for the afternoon. Designated hitter Rick Porcaro was 5-for-6 at the plate with five RBI and five runs scored. Porcaro had two doubles and a game one homer among his hits. Freshman second baseman Tony DeMartino was also 5-for-8 in the twinbill, scoring three times. He also drove in three runs thanks to his three doubles. Juniors Kevin Graham and Brendan Keane, an outfielder and catcher respectively, each had four RBI total. Keane's quartet of RBI all came in the second game. On the mound, sophomore Jake Thompson threw four hitless and scoreless innings before giving way to Keith Haglund (who was credited with the win because the starting pitcher failed to go five innings) and Pat Collis to finish up matters. Senior righthander Kennedy Grear was the game two victor. Grear went five frames, scattering five hits and allowing one run. Matt Strle and Dan Vincenti each threw one inning in relief of Grear. Benedictine will have a big weekend on tap with doubleheaders versus NAC powers Concordia University Chicago at home on Saturday and a trip to Aurora University on Sunday.

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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.