by Mike Woolf
The Benedictine baseball team had a busy week, playing six games, including two NACC double-headers.
The Eagles traveled to Dominican, splitting the double-header on Monday, April 21st. The offense was rolling for Benedictine in the first game as they pounded out 15 hits. Tim Hendricks collected four hits and three RBIs, including a single in the eighth that scored a pair. Matt Higgs, Kevin Hendricks, Ryan Mullin and Kyle Bock all had two hits apiece. Tyler Floyd chipped in with three RBIs on a bases loaded double in the seventh and helped the Eagles win 14-3.
The Stars’ bats came alive in the second game and Benedictine found themselves playing from behind. Tim Hendricks singled in the second inning to score Floyd and give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. After Dominican got a pair of runs in the third to take the lead, Bock tied the game in the fourth, driving in Mike Luschen with a base hit. The Stars pulled away from there, scoring at least one run in every frame from the fifth to the eighth. Benedictine found themselves down 9-2 in the ninth, but mounted a comeback. Nick Severino drove home a run with a single and Higgs did the same. Tim Hendricks smashed a grand slam to bring the Eagles to within a run, but the rally ended there with Benedictine falling 9-8.
The Eagles split their pair of non-conference games during the week, defeating North Park 9-4 and falling to Robert Morris 7-1.
Benedictine was back into NACC play as they hosted Marian for a double-header on Saturday. In the first game, the Eagles fell behind early as the Sabres pushed across runs in each the first two innings. In the third, Tim Hendricks singled home a run and Brandon Clark, who was named the DH for the D3baseball.com Team of the Week, singled to center field, driving home two more runs and giving Benedictine the lead. Marian tied the game in the third on an error, but the Eagles took advantage of a Sabre miscue in the sixth as a throwing error led eventually led to the game-winning runs as Benedictine held on for a 5-3 victory. Chris Jordan tossed a complete game as he struck out seven without walking a batter and gave up just two earned runs.
In the second game, it was the Eagles who took the early lead, scoring two runs in the second. The Sabres used three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. The score would remain that way until the seventh, when Higgs and Byrne each picked up RBI singles and give Benedictine a 4-3 lead. However, the Eagles could not hang on as Marian tallied three runs in the eight inning and won 6-4.
Benedictine hosts Rockford for a double header on Sunday before playing Wheaton on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Eagles wrap up conference play on Saturday as Concordia-Chicago visits the Sports Complex.