Baseball seniors go out with a bang!
May 5, 2007
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
Benedictine University's seniors put on quite a show in their final home games of the season on Saturday, leading the Eagles to a sweep of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 4-3 and 18-2, in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader. The Eagles finish the season with a record of 16-21 overall and 10-10 in the 11-team NAC race.
In game one, Benedictine rallied from a 2-0 deficit after two innings to score the exciting 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth.
With the game knotted at 3-3, the Eagles loaded the bases, but were down to their last out before facing extra innings. Senior Matt Evans game to the plate and promptly slapped a solid single to right that drove home freshman Derek Klinetobe with the winning run.
Evans had the big day for the Eagles. In the first game, he was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. His overall stats for both ends of the twinbill were a robust 5-for-9 from the plate, two runs scored and five RBI. Evans also had a double in game one.
Also enjoying multi-hit games in the opener were Colin Gilreath (2-for-4), Jason Alice (2-for-4, RBI) and pinch hitter Klinetobe (2-for-2, run, RBI). In all, Benedictine out-hit the Crusaders by a 12-6 margin.
Senior George Shimko picked up his team-leading fifth win of the year (5-4) with his complete game effort. None of the three runs charged to Shimko was earned and he struck out four MBBC batters (walking just two) over the nine inning stint.
While game one provided the excitement for the day, game two featured the Eagles' largest run production of the season in a game and second-most potent hitting effort in a single contest during the 2007 campaign.
Benedictine banged out 18 hits, led by a monster game from freshman Kevin Graham. Graham, a left-handed batter, went 4-for-4 from the plate, scored three runs and drove in five. The big blow was his first collegiate home run - a grand slam - in BU's six-run third frame.
Benedictine also tallied five runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.
Senior leadoff man Ted Ostrowski and junior shortstop Kyle Bergman both went 3-for-5 in the game. Ostrowski scored once and drove in a pair of runs, while Bergman crossed the plate three times. Both had doubles in the game, as well.
Senior Jason Alice had a 2-for-3 finale, with one run scored and two runs batted in. Evans also went 2-for-3 and Klinetobe was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman pitcher John Ready (pictured), went six strong innings as he improved to 2-0 on the year. Ready scattered three hits and gave up just one earned run.
Dan Jedlowski worked a perfect seventh inning to close out matters for the Eagles.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.