2008
Baseball's season ends in NAC tourney semifinals

Baseball's season ends in NAC tourney semifinals
May 10, 2008

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

The Benedictine University baseball season came to a close on Saturday afternoon, as the Eagles dropped an 8-0 decision to Concordia University Chicago in the semifinals of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament. BU ends the season with an overall record of 26-17. The Eagles' inability to get hits early cost the team for the second time in the tournament. Benedictine - which was outhit by the Cougars, 13-4, in the game - did not get its first hit until one out in the fifth inning. In the opening round loss to CUC, Benedictine went without a hit until the fourth inning. BU starter Kennedy Grear fell to 5-3 on the season after going seven complete innings. Grear gave up three runs (two earned), struck out five and did not walk a batter. Grear gave up eight hits to the Cougars as the first of an eventual four Eagle pitchers. Kevin Ross (pictured making a fine defensive play) got BU's first hit of the game in that fifth frame. Also getting hits for Benedictine were Rick Porcaro, Anthony Carioscia and Kevin Graham. Graham had a two-out double in the sixth, but was stranded. Five Eagle seniors - Nick Rice, Ryan Kerr, Taylor Mason, Shaun Wheeler and Kyle Bergman - all closed out their Benedictine careers on Saturday, 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.