by Amanda Jarzynski
Benedictine baseball has started a win streak facing off against their Conference competitors, Concordia University. The teams played a double header on Saturday afternoon in the Lisle Sports Complex. Benedictine won both games by one point, 6-5 and 7-6.
The first game needed two extra innings to decide who would come out victorious. Concordia started the scoring in the second inning. Benedictine was not able to score a run until the sixth inning. By that point, Concordia already had two runs; Benedictine had a lot of ground to cover.
Benedictine’s first run started from a Ryan Mullin single into right field. Mullin was able to steal second base to put him in scoring position. Kevin Hendricks came to the plate and hit a RBI single into left field to bring Mullin all the way around to home plate.
Benedictine was able to prevent Concordia from scoring any more runs. In the bottom of the ninth, Benedictine tied the game to force extra innings. The tying run came when Hendricks was walked. He then stole second base and made it to third base when teammate Matthew Higgs grounded out to short stop. Brandon Clark came to the plate as a pinch hitter. He hit a fly ball into left field which was caught by Concordia, but Hendricks was able to tag up and run all the way to home plate.
The game went to 12 innings. Neither team scored until the final inning. Concordia scored three runs to put the pressure on the home team. Benedictine scored four runs in the bottom of the twelfth inning to take the win.
The second game started with Benedictine taking an early one run lead in the first inning. Concordia struck back, though, and scored four runs in the third inning. Going into the seventh inning, Concordia led Benedictine, 6-2. Benedictine finally fired their game up and scored three runs in the seventh inning. They held off Concordia in the eighth inning and scored two more runs to take the lead for the first time all game.
Benedictine’s closing pitcher Chris Jordan finished the game in the top of the ninth inning. He pitched to three Concordia players and struck out all three of them without anyone taking a base. Since Benedictine was already in the lead, there was no need to play the rest of the inning.