by Mohammad Farhan, Staff Writer
The Benedictine University Eagles baseball team swept a double header at Dominican University on Sunday, capping off a perfect 5-0 week. The Eagles took game one pretty easily, winning 7-2. Sophomore pitcher Mike Irgang threw eight shut-out innings, struck out seven, while allowing three hits and two walks.
The scoring for the Eagles started in the fifth, where they put up a five spot. The five-run fifth opened with a single from senior infielder Steve Cocat, who quickly stole second and moved to third on a balk before scoring on an error.
Sophomore outfielder Tim Hendricks recorded an RBI single in the inning along with senior outfielder John Cervantes. Junior first baseman Ryan Mullin knocked home a run with a sacrifice fly and junior outfielder Mike Luschen finished the rally with an RBI double.
Benedictine went on to add single runs in the seventh on a senior catcher Tom Higgins sacrifice fly, and in the eighth on senior outfielder Kevin Hendricks two-bagger.
The ninth became interesting as Dominican scored two runs, but sophomore pitcher Spencer Lehmann was able to close out the game for his third save. The Eagles laced 14 hits in the opener, led by three each from Tim Hendricks and John Cervantes. Eight different individuals collected hits.
In game two, Benedictine came from behind to win for the 14th time this season, recovering after allowing an unearned first inning run.
The bats exploded late to put the game out of reach as the Eagles mashed 18 hits. Cocat sparked a rally in the third inning as Benedictine grabbed the lead. The senior led off with a double and scored on an RBI single from Cervantes.
Two runs came across in the fifth inning, allowing Benedictine to start taking control. Tim Hendricks led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Karakosta. With two outs Cervantes doubled and came across when Mullin singled.
The game really broke open with a five-run seventh, allowing the Eagles to take a 9-2 lead. Runs scored in the frame on a sacrifice fly from Higgins, an RBI triple from Cocat, an RBI single from senior middle infielder Mike Loni, and a two-run double off the bat of senior Karakosta, who leads the conference in doubles and RBIs.
The final margin was accounted for with a three-run ninth. Starter Chris Jordan threw seven innings and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts to earn the win. Cristian Ochoa and Lehmann each threw an inning out of the pen to complete the victory.
The Eagles’ next game will be Wednesday at home against Illinois Wesleyan University, who are ranked just outside the top 25 by D3baseball.com