After splitting the first two games of the four-game HAAC divisional series on Saturday against Baker University, it took the Raven baseball team 18 innings on Sunday to earn a doubleheader sweep over the Wildcats and earn the series victory.
In game one Sunday, the Ravens held off a late-inning rally by the Wildcats to earn a 6-4 win before taking the night cap in 11 innings, 8-7.
Johnson's late-inning hit was made possible after CJ Kinney connected on a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the bottom fo the seventh to pull the Ravens even after the Wildcats took a 7-5 lead with six unanswered runs over the sixth and seventh innings.
Beneditine sent Ross Jacobs to the hill for the opener on Sunday. Jacobs was coming off a complete-game loss on Wednesday to Graceland and backed up his solid mid-week outing with another strong performance on Sunday. He threw six-plus innings before he ran into trouble and was relieved by Paul Heit. Jacobs limited Baker to just four runs off 13 hits to earn the win. Heit entered in the seventh, threw nine pitches and picked up his second save fo the season.
At the plate, the Ravens scored their six runs off eight hits.
The difference-maker came off the batter of Patrick Walseth, who hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Heit went 2 for 3 with a RBI while Josh Kagarise added a 2 for 3 effort with an RBI.
In game two, Heit got the spot start as the Ravens looked to wrap up the series against the Wildcats.
He went five and one-third innings before he was lifted for Casey Splane. Heit allowed four earned runs off 11 hits.
Splane came in and shutdown the Wildcats. After scoring six runs off Heit, Splane limited Baker to just one more run off six hits, which allowed the Raven offense to overcome the Wildcats late-inning rally.
Austin Harrison pitched a clean 11th inning, allowing one hit while facing just four batters to earn the win.
At the plate, Kirmer went 3 for 6 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a double. Johnson also finished 3 for 6 with a run scored and RBI. Christian Patterson rounded out the Ravens top hitters with a 2 for 6 effort, which included a run scored, a RBI and a triple.
Benedictine steps out of HAAC play on Tuesday for a single, nine-inning game in McPherson, Kan., at 5 p.m. against McPherson College. They return to HAAC play on April 5 and 6 with a pair of 1 p.m. doubleheaders in Peru, Neb., against Peru State College.