Benedictine baseball earned a 3-0 weekend sweep of Evangel on Saturday thanks to two victories off the back of standout pitching.
The Ravens won game one 1-0 and game two 5-1.
Senior Kam Miller went 6.2 innings with no runs allowed and junior Ben Hankammer went seven innings with just one run allowed.
Coach Eric Peterson said both his starters were sharp on the day as well as sophomore closer Jacob Slaten.
“Ben and Kam were outstanding today,” Peterson said. “Without the effort of Jacob Slaten to close it out I don’t know if we’re in the position we were at all.”
Peterson said he and the team felt like they were close to this kind of breakthrough on the mound.
“We felt like this was coming at some point,” Peterson said. “We pitched out of jams and got some great defensive plays.”
The Ravens (20-8, Heart 12-7) had lost their last five of six games and their last two series before this weekend series.
Peterson said any win is good and they were fortunate to come out on top even with the Crusaders’ record being towards the bottom of the conference.
“Any conference win is a good one, especially a 3-0 sweep,” Peterson said. “That is a good team and they have just fallen on some hard times. They are a swing away from winning a couple of those games.”
Junior Austin Watamaniuk led the team on the day in hits going 4-5. Junior Daryl Myers led the in RBIs with four on the day including a solo home run in the first game.
With less than a month until the end of the regular season, Peterson said his team’s attitude is starting to change for the better and that shows in the results.
“They deserve good things to happen to them,” Peterson said. “For a little bit of a stretch there they didn’t expect it and when you don’t expect good things to happen to you they don’t come.”