by Amanda Jarzynski
After playing ten games in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, Benedictine’s baseball team returned to the Midwest only winning two of the ten games.
The tournament started on March 14th when the Eagles played a double-header against UW-Stevens Point. Benedictine lost both games, 9-0 and 11-2. After losing another game against The College at Brockport (7-3), the Eagles finally won their first game on March 15th against Ripon College (7-6).
The day opened up with a loss against Brockport, but the Eagles didn’t let it completely defeat them. They stayed strong for their next game in the double-header. They came out strong against Ripon and scored three runs in the first inning alone. Ripon fought back throughout the game and took the lead for the first time in the fifth inning. The Eagles took back the lead in the sixth, and then Ripon reclaimed it again in the seventh. Finally, the Eagles ran away with the lead and scored three more points in the eighth inning. Ripon fought back in the ninth, but the game inevitably ended with an Eagles victory.
Next, the Eagles played against the University of Southern Maine on March 16th. The Eagles were hoping to have momentum from the last game to help them defeat Maine. Unfortunately, Maine came into the game strong scoring five points in the first inning. The Eagles lost that game, 13-1.
The Eagles’ next victory came three days later, March 19th, against Washington and Jefferson College, 9-3.
The game started off slow with only one run scored by either team in the first three innings. Benedictine was on the board first in the second inning and then ran away with the lead in the fourth, scoring seven runs total. Washington and Jefferson fought back, but were never able to get close to the Eagles’ lead.
The Eagle’s have found themselves in a four game losing streak coming home from Florida. Their first game will be played away against Wheaton College on March 25th. They will open at home on March 27th against Robert Morris University.