The Raven Baseball team bounced back over the weekend with a four-game sweep over Missouri Valley College to keep pace towards the top of the Heart South standings.
Benedictine (23-14, 12-4 Heart) earned 7-3 and 10-1 wins over Missouri Valley (13-16, 4-8 Heart) on Saturday before earning a dramatic 13-12 win in the third game of the series on Sunday before wrapping up the sweep with a 7-0 win in the series finale.
Game 1: Benedictine 7, Missouri Valley 3
The Ravens got a complete-game performance on the hill from Alex Garcia to get the series against the Vikings off to a strong start. Garcia scattered six hits over seven innings while giving up three runs with four strikeouts to earn the win.
Benedictine used a six-run third inning to overcome an earn 1-0 deficit en route to the win.
Game 2: Benedictine 10, Missouri Valley 1
The Ravens plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning in the second game of the series and never looked back.
Michael Kruse gave the Ravens their second straight complete-game effort on the hill. He gave up one run off seven hits over seven innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.
Rocky DeSantis recorded a double and two RBIs at the plate while Myers added his second double of the series as he recorded a three-hit game. Michael Slaten and Peter Hahn also added two hits each with an RBI each to round out the Ravens offensive effort.
Game 3: Benedictine 13, Missouri Valley 12 - 8 innings
Missouri Valley scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a commanding 9-3 lead over the Ravens before Benedictine scored 10 runs over the final four innings to earn the extra-inning win.
After Slaten emptied the bases in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run triple, DeSantis sent one of the right field fence on a 2-1 count to tie the game at 12 runs. After a single from Logan Finley to start the eighth, Watamaniuk was intenionally walked to set up the force with Finley now standing on second after a wild pitch. Hahn stepped to the plate and hit a single to left field which scored Finley and gave the Ravens the walk-off win.
Connor Leach earned the win, throwing the final two and two-thirds. He held the Vikings to just one run off three hits to give the Raven offense time to jump on the Vikings bullpen.
Benedictine finished the game with a total of four extra base hits. Myers went 4 for 5 with a triple while Slaten finished 4 for 5 with a total of 4 RBIs. DeSantis added a double to go along with his home run to finish at 2 for 4 while Finley went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and a RBI.
Game 4: Benedictine 7, Missouri Valley 0
The Ravens wrapped up the series behind their third complete game of the series. Slaten threw all seven innings, scattering six hits while holding the Vikings scoreless with seven strikeouts to earn the win.
At the plate, DeSantis continued to swing the bot bat for the Ravens. He added two doubles and three RBIs as he finished the game 2 for 3 at the plate. Matthew Jarecki added a 2-for-4 effort with two RBIs to round out the Ravens game at the plate.
Benedictine remains at home this weekend as they host a four-game series with Heart South lead and NAIA No. 14 Central Methodist University. First pitch on both Saturday and Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Laughlin Field at Olsen Stadium.