Benedictine Splits Home Opener

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LISLE, IL - The Benedictine University baseball team received some quality starting pitching in a doubleheader split with Lakeland to open the home schedule.

Lakeland 3, Benedictine 2 - Game 1
Benedictine 7, Lakeland 2 - Game 2

Benedictine created plenty of opportunities in the opener but left 12 on the bases in dropping a second straight one-run decision
Benedictine had baserunners in all but one inning
Lakeland scored all three runs in the top of the fourth after Benedictine left the bases loaded in the third
The runs came on just three hits, one of which was a bunt single, with a pair of walks sprinkled in
Benedictine was able to respond with a run in the bottom of the frame
Tanner Kiser led off the inning with a single and scored on an error with the bases loaded as Jimmy McLaughlin drove him home
Dom DeMicco singled home Sam Kerr in the seventh, but Benedictine again left the bases loaded, squandering a chance to tie or take the lead
Game two saw Lakeland score first in the top of the third
Benedictine came back with four runs in the bottom of the third to lead for the first time in the doubleheader
Marco D'Angelo opened the third with a double to deep center
Nick Severino tied the game with a single and moved up on the throw
McLaughlin put Benedictine in front with an RBI single
Stirbis doubled home a run and DeMicco plated the final run with an RBI groundout
Severino padded the lead with a safety squeeze bunt in the fourth
Leading 5-2, Benedictine extended the lead with two runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Severino and a McLaughlin double

Joe Palasiewicz took the hard luck loss in the opener, working seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts
Frank Meisl threw the final two innings
Benedictine banged out 13 hits in the opener
Chayancze Stirbis finished with four hits while Erik Callaghan added three
Ryan Miller earned his first career win by throwing six innings and allowing just a single earned run in his first home collegiate outing
Jacob Trumpis, Drake Berman and Marty Maves combined to close out the victory
McLaughlin and Callaghan posted two hits in the second contest as Benedictine finished with nine
Severino drove home three runs with McLaughlin adding two

Benedictine (9-8, 2-2 NACC) continues conference play at Edgewood in a doubleheader on Saturday