The Benedictine University Baseball team completed their spring Florida trip this past weekend and returned home with one of their best starts in recent years. The team returned to Lisle with an 8-4 record and many players off to great seasons.
Senior Catcher D.J. Dillon has led the offensive charge for the Eagles with a .450 batting average to this point, along with two home runs. Benedictine has also seen great production from Sophomore second baseman Jonathan Hodo. In Hodo’s first 12 games with the Eagles, he has driven in a team leading eight runs and has been productive from many different positions in the lineup including both lead off, and the three spot.
“We are just playing good baseball all around,” said Hodo, “We have to keep going and consistent. It’s a slow grind and a slow process.”
The Eagles staff has also been anchored by the emerging sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Miller. Miller was named to the d3baseball.com National Team of the Week, after his performance against St. Thomas where he retired 27 of 28 batters faced, while only giving up one hit.
“The key for me is staying true to the process. By doing this everyday, I feel I am prepared to give every start my best effort,” said Miller.
Miller is a huge addition to an Eagles starting rotation who already features The 2017 NACC Pitcher of the Year Frank Greco, James Wright, and senior pitcher Ivan Guzman. With these four currently in the starting rotation, the Eagles have a chance to win many games.
“We played fantastic baseball in Florida against unbelievable competition. I’m very proud of our program and what we did, but now it’s time for the conference season to start,” said Head Coach Adam Smith when asked about the team’s strong start, “We have to really focus on playing great baseball, one game at a time, one inning at a time, and if we do that, I really believe we can have a special season. We have a special group of players and coaches, and I’m very excited to see us keep getting better each day.”
The Eagles will begin conference play this Saturday when they travel to Wisconsin to take on the Lakeland Muskies (4-6). The Eagles home opener will be this Monday when they host Wisconsin Lutheran (2-10).