By: Zack Bucher
The Benedictine baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep this past weekend against Dominican University. They won in game one 3-2 and in the second 4-3.
The Eagles got the scoring started in the third inning where they scored all three of their runs in the game. The innings lead off with a walk off from Erik Callaghan and a hit by the pitch of Tim Hendricks. Justin Kovalsky would drive them both in with a triple later in the inning. Mike Ostrowski drove Kovalsky in with a 2 out single.
The three runs was all that Benedictine needed to notch the victory, as starting pitcher Mike Spalla worked a solid seven innings to earn his first win of the season. Spalla struck out four walked two and gave up two earned runs.
In game two, both teams found themselves tied at 1 after the first inning, where errors caused the runs to score for each team. Dominican would battle the rest of the game, keeping it tied until they scored again in the fourth and eighth innings, bringing their lead to 3-1.
It all seemed over when Dominican recorded two outs, but the Eagles would not go down without a fight. The Eagles loaded the bases after 3 walks and another walk to Hendricks brought home the second run for Benedictine. Max Oppenheimer stepped up to the plate for BenU as he singled into left field to drive home the tying and game winning run.
Chris Jordan started for the Eagles in game two and he pitched seven innings, giving up only 2 runs while striking out three. Dylan Smith came in and finished the game, picking up the win in the process.
“Every game we have played this year has been close and the game against Dominican was no different. This team has not quit. There is plenty of talent and I think that will be dangerous come the conference tournament,” said Tim Feely.
This sweep of Dominican came after the Eagles lost two from Edgewood.
“This was one of the best finishes of my entire baseball career. I am so proud at how the BenU baseball team is coming together. I look forward to many more wins this season,” said TJ Floyd.