2008
Porcaro named All-Region 1st team

Porcaro named All-Region 1st team
May 19, 2008

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

Benedictine University designated hitter Rick Porcaro (Tinley Park, Ill./St. Rita H.S.) has been named to the first team 2008 ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region baseball team for NCAA Division III. Porcaro, as a first team all-region selection, is now eligible for consideration for the NCAA Division III All-America team. Porcaro, a junior, had a career season in 2008, leading Benedictine to a share of the Northern Athletics Conference (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 - who was also named first team All-NAC - 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.