2009
Baseball goes 1-2 on St. Louis jaunt

Baseball goes 1-2 on St. Louis jaunt
March 22, 2009

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

The Benedictine baseball team went 1-2 on its three-game weekend in St. Louis, earnign a win versus Illinois Wesleyan University (6-4), before losing games to host Washington University (5-2 and 10-9 in 10 innings). The Eagles are now 4-8 overall. In the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, BU found itself knotted at 3-3 with Illinois Wesleyan after 3 1/2 innings. In the bottom of the fourth, a bases-loaded double by Matt Brewer drove in three runs and provided the eventual margin of victory in the 6-4 win. Sophomore Jake Thompson went 7 1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing four runs(three earned). Thompson (1-1) struck out five and walked three during his stint, earning his first victory of the year. Matt Strle worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief before senior Dan Vincenti picked up his second save of the year by getting the final out of the game. In the second game of the day against Washington University, Eagles' starter James Callahan went the first six frames and was charged with all five earned runs on 11 hits. Callahan struck out four and walked just one as his record fell to 1-2 on the year. The Eagles roped 11 hits in the game, led by Rick Porcaro's 3-for-5 game. Kevin Graham and Nick Meitzler each went 2-for-5 in the game. In Sunday's single game versus Washington University, the Eagles rallied from an 8-3 deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning, only to lose in the 10th inning, 10-9. The two teams combined for 27 hits (16 by the Bears) and stranded a composite 25 runners. Leadoff hitter Kenny Burdi was 3-for-5, slapping a pair of doubles in his first two at bats, to lead the BU offense. Porcaro also had a double for Benedictine. Freshman Nick Meitzler was the only other Eagle with multiple hits by going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Vincenti, BU's fifth reliever of the game, was saddled with the loss after working the ninth and 10th innings. Vincenti gave up a leadoff triple in the extra inning, then issued two intentional walks to set up a force at any base, before Washington University's Travis May drilled the game-winning single through second base.

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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.