PERU, Neb. – After narrowly dropping a slugfest in the opener on Tuesday to Peru State College (25-13, 15-7 Heart) 14-12, the Raven Baseball team rallied for a 10-9 win in game two to earn a split with the Bobcats.
Benedictine (28-7, 17-7 Heart) combined for 27 hits over the two innings of play on Tuesday to keep pace at the top of the Heart South standings.
In game one, a four-run sixth inning for Peru State proved to be the difference in the result for Benedictine. Connor Leach suffered the loss giving up four runs off three hits over one inning of work.
At the plate, the Ravens hit six home runs off the bats of three players. Reid Fritzke, Rocky DeSantis and Michael Slaten hit two home runs each. Slaten led the way with four RBIs, followed by DeSantis with three and Fritzke with two. Matthew Jarecki went 4 for 4 with two RBIs while Logan Finley added a double.
In game two, Slaten earned the win as he threw six innings with five strikeouts. He gave way to Alex Pogasic who threw the final inning in relief to hold the lead for Slaten to earn the win.
The Ravens used 12 hits to score their 10 runs to earn the split. Jarecki went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and four RBIs off two home runs. DeSantis added his third home run of the doubleheader with three more RBIs while Daryl Myers added a home run and three RBIs.
Benedictine remains on the road as they travel to Kansas City, Mo., on Friday and Saturday four a four-game Heart South series against Avila University. With eight games remaining in the Heart regular season, Benedictine is tied for the Heart South lead with No. 5 Central Methodist. Avila is five games back in fourth place while the Ravens final opponent of the regular season, MNU, sits a game back in third place.
The top five teams from each division qualify for the Heart Baseball Championship Series, which runs May 3-9 in Ozark, Mo., and is being hosted by Evangel University.