AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Benedictine continued its spring break trip to Florida by rolling past 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point 13-5.
Behind a strong start from Kevin Crowley and an eight-run second inning, Benedictine was able to post the win. Crowley allowed just a single tally in the first inning to the Pointers on only the second batter of the contest. Making his second start of the trip, he went on to throw seven innings and earned the win, improving to 2-0 for the season. Crowley surrendered nine earned runs last season in a 14-4 loss to Stevens Point, but scattered eight hits and struck out four in the win.
Benedictine chased the starter for Stevens Point in the second inning, scoring five times before an out was recorded. Tom Higgins opened the scoring in the frame with a bases loaded single to score a run and tie the score. Chris Wanderling added an RBI single and Tim Hendricks was hit by a pitch with the bags full before Nick Karakosta plated a pair with a single down the left field line. Karakosta was the final batter for starter Zach Wendorf.
The inning was not over even with a pitching change. John Cervantes stroked a two-run double into the left-center gap and Mike Luschen finished the eight-run frame with an RBI fielder’s choice.
Four sixth inning runs put the game away. Luschen, Cervantes, Higgins and Wanderling all collected RBI singles in the inning. Benedictine smashed 15 hits in the game, only one of which went for extra bases. Wanderling and Kevin Hendricks posted three hits apiece. Mike Taccona finished the game on the mound by tossing the final two frames.