By: Zack Bucher
The Benedictine baseball teams finished out their annual spring break trip to Florida with a 5-4 win against Ramapo College. Unfortunately they finished the ten game trip with a losing record of 3-7.
“It was very different attending this trip as a senior, because this was my last trip to Florida. I know that at this point next year, I will not be on the plane again. There isn’t always next year for us. We have a great group of guys and this year was very memorable to me, more so than all the other years. I’m going to miss everything,” said Mike Irgang.
The Eagles opened the season with a loss to UW-Stevens Point 11-4; however they had a strong showing early in the game before falling off.
Benedictine was back at it the next day against Greenville College in a doubleheader. BenU lost in the first game on a walk off hit 3-2. The Eagles got off to another strong start in the game, but could not hold off Greenville late. The Eagles would bounce back in the second game and get their first win of the season on a walk off hit, 6-5.
The next day the Eagles played against UMass-Dartmouth and fell to a walk off again, 5-4. It was the first game that the Eagles did not get off to a strong start. This was also the start to a losing streak for the Eagles.
Up next on the schedule for Benedictine was Rowan University. The Eagles fell 10-2, having their worst pitching outing yet this season. Benedictine continued to struggle with a close 5-4 loss to The College of New Jersey. The Eagles again could not get it going, as they would fall to Allegheny College 3-2.
Benedictine finally broke the losing streak and earned a win as they took on St. Norbert College in a doubleheader. BenU would take game one on a walk off 4-3, but fell in the second game 4-2.
When asked how the trip went despite the record, senior starting pitcher Chris Jordan said, “The overall trip was good. It helped us become closer as a team. Also it gave us to opportunity to try guys out at different positions and show us where we needed to improved in order to be ready for conference play.”
“At the beginning of the trip you could tell it was our first time outside but we as a team battled and stayed competitive. One of the best parts of Florida is living with all the guys and you could definitely tell we became closer by the end of our trip regardless of our record,” said senior Brandon Clark.
The Eagles are back in action Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Wheaton College.