Benedictine Opens the Season with Two Losses in St. Louis

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SAUGET, IL - The Benedictine University baseball team opened the 2017 season with a pair of losses at Webster University.

FINAL SCORES
Webster 1, Benedictine 0
North Park 8, Benedictine 1

THE DETAILS
A three-game season opening sting kicked off with a pitcher's duel against a perennial national power in the hosts, Webster University
The teams combined for just six total hits
Benedictine stranded seven men in scoring position in the opening contest
The trend started in the very first inning against a projected early round draft pick
Anthony Woodard reached on a one-out walk and reached second when Chayancze Stirbis reached on an error
Back-to-back strikeouts ended the potential threat
Benedictine left runners in six different innings
The only run of the game scored in the bottom of the eighth
Joe Palasiewicz tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision, allowing just two hits with three walks and five strikeouts
In the second game North Park, playing for the eighth time this season, scored five runs in the top of the first
Erik Callaghan walked to open the fifth, stole second, moved up on an error and scored the only run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Nick Severino
North Park padded the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to account for the final
Benedictine notched eight hits in the second game but stranded eight on base

STAT LEADERS
Woodard notched two of the three hits in the opener
Ivan Guzman suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run in the eighth
Playing as the home team in the second contest, Nicholas Quick and Callaghan each picked up a pair of hits
James Wright took the loss in the second contest, working four innings
Guzman allowed two runs in 3.2 innings of relief
Benedictine struck out 13 times in the opener and 11 times in game two

UP NEXT
Benedictine (0-2) finishes the season opening stint with another game against Webster on Monday