The Raven Baseball team stepped out of Heart play on Tuesday for a non-conference match up with the University of St. Mary on Laughlin Field at Olsen Stadium.
Paced by six scoreless innings on the hill, Benedictine (18-11) earned a run-rule shortened 12-2 win over USM (6-20).
Ben Costello made his first start of the season on the hill for the Ravens and set the tone for Benedictine. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits with four strikeouts to earn the win. Aaron Warneke, Ben Underhill and Seth Slayman combined to finish the game, holding the Spires to just five more hits over five innings.
At the plate, the Ravens used a three-run first inning to jump ahead of the Spires. They scored seven unanswered over the seventh and eighth inning to earn the run-rule win.
Brandon Berringer, Rocky DeSantis and Matthew Jarecki each recorded a double at the plate. DeSantis, Jarecki and Austin Watamaniuk each finished with two hits each. DeSantis led the team with three RBIS while Jarecki and Michael Kruse added two RBIs each.
Benedictine returns to Heart South action on Friday and Saturday with a trip to Springfield, Mo., to take on Evangel University. The forecast for the entire region has a chance of severe weather on Friday and could effect this weekend's series.
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