2008
Eagles remain alive in NAC tourney

Eagles remain alive in NAC tourney
May 9, 2008

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

Designated hitter Rick Porcaro went 3-for-3 as Benedictine University remained alive in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament by defeating Marian College, 6-4. The Eagles will face Concordia University Chicago in the semifinal round of the four-team tourney at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. (Other potential game times in the tournament are 1:30 p.m. for the championship game and 5:00 p.m. for a second championship game - if necessary - for the double elimination event). Porcaro had two doubles among his big day at the plate. He also drove in three runs. While Porcaro had the most runs batted in for the Eagles, it was Kenny Burdi who had what would prove to be the game winner. With the score tied 4-4 entering the ninth inning, Nick Rice (2-for-3) singled though the right side to leadoff the frame and was advanced to second. Shortstop Bobby Voss then struck out swinging for the second out of the inning to bring up Burdi. The junior centerfielder promptly singled sharply to right and advanced to third on a fielding error, driving home Rice. Kyle Bergman followed with an RBI single to add some insurance. Bergman was 2-for-5 in the game and teammate Anthony Carioscia also collected two hits. Freshman starter Matt Strle went 6 2/3 innings and allowed all six hits and four runs (three earned) by Marian. He was replaced in the seventh after the Sabres had tied the game and had runners on first and second. Fellow frosh Kip Simmerman came on and immediately induce an inning-ending ground out to first base. It was Simmerman's first collegiate victory. Dan Vincenti pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season.

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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.