By: Zack Bucher
Benedictine University met with their NACC rival Aurora University on the baseball diamond this past weekend, where the Eagles came out on top sweeping a doubleheader. The first game ended in a seven-inning slaughter 10-0 and game two finished out 7-1.
“We finally broke our streak of one run ball games,” said junior Mike Spalla.
Benedictine got off to an early start scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the first on a two run two out single by Quinn Heiner. The next inning the Eagles found the score column again after Erik Callaghan drove in Kyle Bock with an RBI single. From there, starting pitcher Mike Irgang was in control as he would pitch the entire seven inning game getting his second complete game shutout in a row.
“Sunday was a lot of fun, nothing is better than dominating our rival school. We had twenty-five plus hits as a team and scored eighteen runs all together. Timely hitting is finally coming around. Chris Jordan had another great outing in game two allowing only one mop up crew member to make an appearance in the ninth. Tim Feeley closed the door. The rest is history,” said Irgang.
The game was broken wide open with the Eagle putting up five runs in the fifth and eventually ending the game in the bottom of the seventh with two more runs.
In game two, the Eagles found themselves down early after Aurora plated their first run of the day in the top of the first; however, that is all they would score as the Eagles would take the lead back in the second and never look back.
The boys would go on to score again in the third and fourth innings, getting all the runs they needed for their starting pitcher Chris Jordan. Kyle Bock and Callaghan found themselves amongst the scoring for the Eagles again when they drove home runs in the second. Mike Ostrowski would score the next pair of runs in the third with a double. In the next inning Justin Kovalsky and Tim Hendricks would both notch RBI singles in what was the last of the scoring for the Eagles.
Jordan would work eight innings in the contest giving up nine hits and striking out only two but it would be his second victory of the season. When asked about how it felt beating Rival Aurora Jordan had this to say, “It felt great. Reminded me of what we can do when we are playing our best baseball… and that is compete with anybody.”
BenU finds themselves over .500 for the first time this season and sit atop the NACC conference, tied with Concordia Wisconsin. Currently the team is on a four game winning streak. The Eagles are back in action when they visit Illinois Wesleyan Wednesday night at 6 p.m.