Benedictine Homers to Fifth Straight

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LISLE, IL - The Benedictine University baseball team scored six runs in the eighth, hitting a pair of homers, to better Wisconsin Lutheran and win a fifth straight.

Benedictine 7, Wisconsin Lutheran 1

Benedictine, playing as the visiting team since the game was moved from Wisconsin, had a golden opportunity right away but did not score
The first two batters of the game reached, but a double play allowed Wisconsin Lutheran to escape
Both starting pitchers settled in, allowing very little
Stephen Sewruk retired 11 straight at one point for Benedictine
Both teams scored in the sixth inning
Kyle Mitter led off by drawing a walk and scored from first on a double down the left field line from Michael Chaffin
A delayed double steal enabled Wisconsin Lutheran to tie the game in the bottom of the inning with the only run Sewruk surrendered
Jimmy McLaughlin opened the top of the eighth with a single and following a pitching chance pinch-hitter Damen Castillo delivered a two-run homer deep to left, putting Benedictine ahead
Nicholas Quick followed with a single and scored when Tyler Woynerowski deposited his second homer of the season over the wall in left, making the score 5-1
Jack Feeley added a two-run triple in the inning and the pitching staff shut the door on a fifth straight win

Sewruk worked six innings and allowed just one run but did not factor in the decision, striking out six
Ryan Litavecz threw the seventh to earn the win while Ty Liaromatis and Simon Herold finished out the win
The pitching staff did not walk a batter while striking out eight
Benedictine finished with 10 hits in the contest, three of which came from Mitter

Feeley extended his hitting streak to 13 games and his on-base streak to 14 with the eighth inning triple after going 0-for-4 to start the game
Castillo hit the second pinch-hit homer of the year; Logan Shepard tied game one with Rockford on Saturday with a solo blast in the eighth
Sewruk has issued just two walks while striking out 33 in 36 innings of work
One of the top pitching staffs in the nation, the team's ERA dropped to 2.66 following the win
The pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in 12 games this year
The bullpen has now worked 12.2 innings without allowing a run

Benedictine (15-9, 7-3 NACC) hosts Illinois Tech in the first ever conference meeting between the two programs on Saturday.