2009
Baseball splits at Rockford

Baseball splits at Rockford
April 11, 2009

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

Benedictine's baseball team split a Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) doubleheader versus the team with which it tied for last season's NAC title - Rockford College - winning the opener 5-4 in 10 innings and dropping the nightcap, 14-6, in Loves Park, Ill. The Eagles are now 10-12 overall and 5-3 in NAC action. Freshman Tony DeMartino had the hot bat in the opener, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two big runs batted in. DeMartino's RBI double with one out in the fourth inning was his first key hit for the game and closed a Regents' lead to 3-1 at the time. He scored himself in the sixth after reaching on an error. In the BU ninth, pinch-hitter Colin Gilreath had a two-out RBI single that made the score 4-3 in favor of Rockford. Rick Porcaro - who had singled before Gilreath, stopped at third base on the play. That made way for DeMartino's next big moment of the game. The fleet-footed freshman smashed a pitch into the ground with the ball taking a huge, slow bounce toward third. By the time the Regents' infielder got to the ball, DeMartino was safely at first and Porcaro plated the tying run from third, making it 4-4. Benedictine held in the bottom of the ninth, forcing the team’s second straight extra-inning game. With one out in the 10th, Uli Ortiz smashed a single up the middle. Jack Holden followed with a double to left with Ortiz stopping at third. With Kevin Graham at the late, a wild pitch allowed Ortiz to cross over with what would prove to be the winning run before the Regents eventually retired the side. Relief pitcher Dan Vincenti earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief work. He is now 2-1 on the season. In game two, Benedictine scored two runs in the first inning, but was virtually unheard of for the rest of the game in the 14-6 setback. The Regents scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and four more times in the fourth to go ahead 10-3. Benedictine had 10 hits in the game. However, six Eagles' pitchers permitted 16 hits to RC in game two. BU starter Nick DePaul absorbed the loss. DePaul pitched three complete innings and faced two batters in the fourth before being lifted. DePaul was charged with eight runs, only four of which were earned. Gilreath, Holden and Ortiz each had two hits in the game.

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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.