The Raven Baseball team entered their four-game series agianst No. 10 Central Methodist University in second place behind the Eagles in the Heart South Standings. After splitting the series, Benedictine (25-16, 14-6 Heart) sits in a three-way tie for the division lead with CMU (26-7, 11-3 Heart) and MNU.
On Saturday, the Ravens earned a comeback win in the opener, winning 9-8, before a second comeback effort fell short in a 12-10 game-two loss. On Sunday, the Eagles exploded with the wind blowing out in game three, winning19-6, before the Ravens rallied again for a 4-3 game four win.
Game 1: Benedictine 9, CMU 8
Alex Garcia earned the start for the Ravens as he matched up with CMU ace CJ Martin. Martin entered the game with a conference low 0.77 earned run average. Garvia threw the first four innings for the Ravens, giving up eight runs off 11 hits before he was relieved by Ben Costello. Costello held the Eagles to no runs off three hits over the final three innings allowing the Raven offense to get going.
After being held scoreless through three innings, the Ravens rattled off nine unanswered to earn the win with six of those runs being charged to Martin.
Three Ravens hit home runs in the win, Daryl Myers, Logan Finley and Matthew Jarecki. Meyer's was a solo home run to start the Ravens comeback. Finley's was a three-run blast in the sixth to pull the Ravens within two runs and Jarecki's proved to be the go-head blast as he hit a 3-run shot in the sixth.
Game 2: CMU 12, Benedictine 10
The two teams sent a combined seven pitchers to the mound as the two offenses combined for 21 hits in the finale on Saturday. Michael Kruse suffered the loss giving up seven earned runs off seven hits in just a inning of work.
CMU jumped out to a 8-2 lead over the Ravens after two innings. Benedictine added a two-run fifth and then scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game within reach.
Finley finished the game with two hits and two RBIs while Reid Fritzke added a 2-for-4 effort as well with two RBIs.
Game 3: CMU 19, Benedictine 6
After falling behind 9-1 headed into the fifth inning, the Ravens used a five-run bottom half of the inning to close their deficit to 9-3 only ot hae the Eagles added 10 more runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Kamden Miller suffered the loss, throwing the first three innings. He gave up four runs off six hits before three relievers finished off the final four innings for Benedictine.
With the winds blowing even harder out of the south a total of nine home runs were hit. Jarecki led off the Ravens half of the first with a solo home run while Finley added a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Rocky DeSantis and Michael Slaten added a double and RBI each to round out the Ravens efforts at the plate.
Game 4: Benedictine 4, CMU 3
After narrowly missing a walk-off home run in game two of the series on Saturday, Jarecki connected on a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the seventh on Sunday to cap off the series for the Ravens with a 4-3 win.
Slaten earned the start for the Ravens on the hill and threw his second complete game of the season. After the Ravens gave up 22 hits in the first game on Sunday, the Eagles' bats had a hard time getting to Slaten. He gave up three runs off eight hits with five strikeouts to earn the win.
Jarecki led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to spark a three-run inning. Slaten added a double while Daryl Myers went 2 for 3 at the plate.
The Ravens hit the road for their next eight conference games. First on the road trip, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.