Benedictine Opens Trip With Shutout

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AUBURNDALE, FL - Frank Greco struck out 12 and posted a complete game shutout as the Benedictine University baseball team opened the spring break trip to Florida with a win over Ripon College.

Benedictine 1, Ripon 0

Playing as the visiting team, Benedictine opened the first inning with a pair of one-out singles from Anthony Woodard and Chayancze Stirbis
Both runners were left on base following back-to-back strikeouts
Greco set the tone in the bottom of the inning, striking out the first batter
Following a double, Greco notched back-to-back strikeouts to escape the frame
The only run of the game came with two outs in the seventh inning
Tanner Kiser homered to right, providing all the help Greco would need
The sophomore struck out at least one batter in seven different innings
Greco struck out two or more in four innings
Greco, who has won both victories for Benedictine this season, retired the final 12 batters of the game and allowed just three runners to reach second
Benedictine saw just five runners reach scoring position against Ripon starter Brice Swick, who struck out 10 in a complete game defeat

Greco walked one and struck out 12 while surrendering just five hits in the win, throwing over 120 pitches in his second start of the year
The 12 strikeouts marked a career high, besting the mark of 10 from an eight-inning outing against Lakeland last year
Greco, the 2016 Freshman of the Year, owns the only two double-digit strikeout games in the past two seasons
The 12 strikeouts total matched the most in a game by the entire pitching staff last year
Benedictine totaled six hits with six different individuals logging each tally
Both teams stranded four runners on base

Benedictine (2-2), winners of two in a row, faces Greenville College at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow. Benedictine is scheduled to play 10 games in Florida. Follow all of the games live with live stats.