2009
Baseball splits with NAC leader

Baseball splits with NAC leader
April 18, 2009

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

Benedictine sophomore pitcher Jake Thompson showed why he was last season's Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) "Rookie of the Year," as he led his team to a 15-4 win over league-leader Edgewood College in the first game of a doubleheader at The Sports Complex. The Eagles lost the second game by a 13-7 score, falling to 13-15 overall and 8-5 in NAC play. Thompson scattered six hits, struck out five and walked just two EC players. Thompson was charged with four runs during his complete game stint, but none were earned. Catcher Gino Miglio was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in thanks to a home run. Designated hitter Rick Porcaro was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Third baseman Dan Healey was also 2-for-4 with a double in the first game. In the second game, starter Matt Strle was rocked for eight runs - four earned - before being lifted after failing to get an out in the fifth frame. BU eventually utilized a total of five hurlers in the losing effort. Kevin Graham and Porcaro each collected three hits in the game. Porcaro also added some fireworks with a three-run homer to right center that narrowed the Benedictine deficit to 10-7 after seven innings. Porcaro tallied five RBI in the contest. Teammate Dennis Marshall went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

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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.