Benedictine Splits with Marian

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LISLE, IL - The Benedictine University baseball team finished off a 3-1 weekend of conference action by splitting a pair of home contests with visiting Marian University.

Benedictine 8, Marian 2 - Game One
Marian 4, Benedictine 2- Game Two

Benedictine set the tone early in the opener, plating five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning
Jimmy McLaughlin notched a one-out double and Chayancze Stibis was hit by a pitch
Andrew Hotze doubled home a run to give Benedictine the advantage and Erik Callaghan followed with a two-run single
Tanner Kiser and Marco D'Angelo followed with run-scoring doubles as Benedictine bashed four two-baggers in the first
Ivan Guzman put together his best outing of the year, keeping Marian at bay as the lead continued to grow
Callaghan collected an RBI single in the second and McLaughlin posted his second double of the game to score a run in the fourth as the score grew to 7-0
Marian scored twice in the fifth, but Guzman limited the damage thanks to an outfield assist to cut down a third run at the plate
Hotze drove home the final run with a single in the sixth
Benedictine scored single runs in each of the first two innings in the second contest but could not push across another as Marian rallied to salvage the split
Jack Feeley led off the second contest with a walk, stole second and scored on a double from McLaughlin
Kiser connected on his fifth homer of the season leading off the second
Kiser is tied for the conference lead in longballs
Ryan Miller was zipping along, allowing just a single run in the fifth before Marian grabbed the lead for the first time with two in the seventh
The visitors added an unearned run in the eighth to account for the final
Benedictine placed the tying runs on base in the ninth but could not score

Guzman improved to 2-1 on the year by working seven innings, walking one and striking out three
Cooper Murphy and Chad DeGroot threw scoreless frames to cap the win
Benedictine finished with 15 hits in the opener
McLaughlin and Callaghan each picked up three as eight individuals recorded a hit
The second contest saw Benedictine notch just six hits, matching the second lowest output of the year
Three of the hits came from Stirbis
Miller allowed just two earned runs in six innings but was saddled with the defeat

Benedictine (12-9, 5-3 NACC) plays the next four games on the road, trekking to Wisconsin for a non-conference doubleheader at St. Norbert on Wednesday