Benedictine baseball had a productive day at the plate earning a sweep in a cross-divisional matchup with Peru State Thursday at Laughlin Field.

The Ravens won both games by a score of 10-4 and combined for 22 hits on the day.

Coach Eric Peterson said his lineup was just aggressive all day and capitalized on the Bobcats not having their best pitchers on the day.

“We just attacked all day,” Peterson said. “We maybe saw some guys who were middle of the pack arms for them and we took advantage of it. We did what we do really well.”

Sophomore reliever Jacob Slaten entered both games to earn a pair of saves on the day.

Peterson said Slaten fits perfectly into the reliever role despite trying to put the Raven in as a starter in previous outings this season.

“He’s been good in that role all year,” Peterson said. “We tried to start him and we put him back in a more comfortable role and I probably shouldn’t have tried to change that. He is our security blanket.”

Junior Austin Watamanuik led the team with six total RBIs on the day.

“He’s been good having the leadoff spot for us,” Peterson said. “He sees a ton of pitches and it’s good for everyone in our lineup.”

Freshman Drew Piontek went 3-4 on the day and even notched in his first career home run. The freshman had been in a bit of a slump recently.

“I’m proud of him for hanging in there,” Peterson said. “He’s had some personal things he’s had to deal with. He’s a great kid and I’m glad he’s getting back on it.”

Piontek said breaking out of his struggles felt good as well as celebrating with his teammates who emphatically cheered after his home run.

“It was much needed,” Piontek said. “These guys are always so great and cheering everyone on.”

The Ravens will host their final home series against Graceland Saturday starting at noon.

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