Baseball strikes out at HAAC tournament PDF Print
Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Four-run innings by the opposition broke things open in both of Benedictine’s Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament losses Friday and Saturday.

Sophomore catcher Patrick Richards fails to make contact on a pitch against Lindenwood Saturday. Richards was one of three of BCís offensive leaders to go hitless in the Ravensí 11-2 loss to the Lions Saturday and their 12-1 defeat at the hands of Culver-Stockton Friday. The losses marked an early exit from the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament for Benedictine. (Alzbeta Voboril I Photo Editor)
Against Culver-Stockton, it was the third. For Lindenwood, the fourth. The Wildcats and Lions took one-run leads into their respective game-clinching innings before pounding Raven pitching. BC never recovered in either contest, losing 12-1 to CS Friday night and 11-2 to Lindenwood Saturday.

In going two-and-out in their first postseason appearance in three years, the Ravens surrendered 29 hits while mustering just 13 of their own. The only two Raven runs came off solo homers by first baseman Jeff McClafferty.

It didn’t help that BC matched up against two of the hottest teams in the conference. The Wildcats earned the third seed and first-seeded Lindenwood lost only eight conference games all year. BC went 0-5 against the Lions in 2009.
Lindenwood went on to beat William Jewell 9-8 in the HAAC Championship Tuesday.

All this came after BC had to beat the HAAC 2nd-place Cardinals twice last weekend just to qualify for conference tournament play.

“We came into this almost limping in after what we had to do to get here,” head coach Doc Beeman said. “We didn’t have big eyes seeing these teams because we played them all year and we knew we could stay in games with them but you come out and a couple breaks go the other team’s way and that puts us in a hole. And digging yourself out of a hole isn’t a fun way to go about it.

“We put everything we had into these two games and came up on the short end,” Beeman said. “For us, we have nothing to hang our heads about. We didn’t come here and give anything away.”

Offensive leaders Patrick Richards, Bobby Medina and Mac Moore all went hitless at the tournament.

“We came out here and we just got beat,” McClafferty said. “The other teams just hit the heck out of the ball and everybody tried their hardest. You win some, you lose some and we came out on the other end.”

BC finished 25-31 overall. The team’s 19-21 conference record gave them a fourth-place finish, up six spots from last year.

“As far as I’m concerned, these guys are going to have quite a season to talk about,” Beeman said immediately following the completion of his second season at the helm. “It’s a great opportunity for some of the younger guys to see how winning is instilled into a program. Record aside, this team learned how to win throughout the year.”

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