Benedictine baseball ended its regular season home schedule Tuesday with a walk-off hit from senior Logan Finley to beat Friends University 4-3 in the tenth inning and improve the club’s home winning streak to ten.
The walk-off was the lone hit of the day for the California native but proved to be a special moment for his final home game at Laughlin Field at Olsen Stadium.
“My family came here from California today to see me play so it’s a pretty special moment to do that,” Finley said.
The Ravens (25-8, Heart 16-7) have won in a variety of ways during the win streak including a 19-18 win during a sweep of Graceland Saturday on senior day.
Coach Eric Peterson said being able to win in diverse styles will pay off with the Heart of America Conference Tournament coming up May 1-7.
“We won a marathon game this weekend in the second game,” Peterson said. “We just showed we can win in a lot of different ways and in a conference tournament setting you’re going to have to do that.”
Finley was named Heart Player of the Week hitting .615 with a 1.308 slugging percentage in the Peru State and Graceland series.
“You couldn’t ask to send him off in a better situation than off a game winning hit,” Peterson said. “He’s been locked in hitting wise. Logan has been one of those guys who has been grinding it out all year long and he’s turning it on at the right time.”
The Ravens have ranked near the top of the conference in hitting and RBIs all season and Finley said they have the lineup that could potentially make them pretty dangerous in the postseason.
“We have the offense to take us pretty far in the postseason,” Finley said. “If we can get our pitching staff on the same page in every game tournament wise we’re going to be someone that people really don’t want to play.”
Finley said this team seems to have a different focus compared to previous clubs and attributes that to Peterson who is only in his first season as the Benedictine coach.
“I think this the first year I’ve seen the entire team buy in,” Finley said. “Everyone comes to the field ready to play. I think the whole league is starting to recognize you don’t really want to play us at home.”
The Ravens will finish up the season Saturday on the road at Culver-Stockton College for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.