Behind two solid outings on the hill from Adam Burns and Austin Harrison combined with timely hitting at the plate by Benedictine, the Raven baseball team sent out the Ballpark at Benedictine in dramatic fasion on Saturday with a series-clinching sweep over Avila University.
Benedictine (10-25, 8-14 HAAC) got a walk-off hit from Paul Heit to earn the win in game one, 3-2, and then rallied behind Harrison in game two with a six-run sixth to sweep Avila (14-21, 4-18 HAAC) with a 7-2 win in game two and take the final-ever home series at the Ballpark 3-1.
Burns worked through two errors defensively, to limit Avila to just two unearned runs off seven hits over his seven innings of work in game one.
He held the Eagles scoreless over the final three innings which allowed for the Ravens late-inning heroics at the plate.
Avila took the lead in the fourth inning as the Ravens went scoreless after their at-bat in the third.
With runners on first and second, Heit stepped to the plate agianst Avila reliever Brian McNulty. McNulty earned the win on Thursday in game two, but after getting his first pitch across for a strike, left one over the zone that Heit drove over the head of the Eagles shortstop. A favorable bounce allowed Josh Kagarise to score from second and give the Ravens the walk-off win.
Burns finished with two strikeouts while throwing just 95 pitches over seven innings to earn his seventh complete game in nine starts.
Chris Johnson continued to swing a hot bat at the plate for the Ravens, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs while Heit finished at 2 for 4 with a run scored and the game-winning RBI.
In game two, Harrison earned his second start of the season. After giving up two runs in the top of the second, he settled in to hold the Eagles scoreless over the games remaining five innings allowing the Raven bats to heat up.
After Avila starting pitcher Xavier Boerger limited the Ravens to just two hits through five innings the Ravens picked up two hits off Boerger in the sixth to force the Eagles to switch pitchers.
The Eagles turned to game-one starter Cody Lewis. After getting the first out of the sixth, Lewis gave up four hits which allowed the Ravens to score six runs and break open the game to earn the win.
The Ravens recorded nine hits at the plate, five for extra bases.
Christian Patterson was the only Ravens to recorded multiple hits at the plate in game two, as he went 2 for 3. Hunter McDaniel, Heit, Johnson and Jerome Roehm all recorded doubles while Kagarise added a triple. Zach Leonard, who pinch hit in the sixth, finished added two RBIs.
The Ravens play their final five games of the regular season on the road, traveling to Parkville, Mo., on Monday for a 3 p.m. game against Park University before wrapping up HAAC play on Friday and Saturday in Olathe, against MNU.