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Benzinger Homers Twice in Thomas More's 8-5 Win Over Ohio Northern

Benzinger Homers Twice in Thomas More's 8-5 Win Over Ohio Northern

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More University first-year second baseman Brett Benzinger (Taylor Mill, Ky./New Richmond) hit two home runs today (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) to lead the Saints to an 8-5 win over Ohio Northern University at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.  With the win, the Saints improve to 9-10 and the Polar Bears fall to 9-10.

  • Ohio Northern took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
  • Thomas More took a 3-1 lead in the second inning as sophomore left fielder Brady Reynolds (White Oak, Ohio/LaSalle) had a two-run RBI triple scoring senior shortstop Sean Lawrence (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) and senior right fielder Joshua Boeckmann (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) and then Benzinger had a RBI walk scoring junior catcher Matt Wellbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder).
  • The Polar Bears platted two runs in the third to tie the game at 3-3.
  • In the fourth inning, first-year third baseman Bailey Martin (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) had a sacrifice fly scoring senior first baseman Nick Jenkins (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and Benzinger had a two-run home run bringing senior center fielder Blaise Ostertag (Burlington, Ky./Conner) to give the Saints a 6-3 lead.
  • ONU scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the leadto 6-5.
  • Reynolds scored on a pass ball in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 7-5.
  • Benzinger hit his second home run of the game in the sixth to increase the lead to 8-5.

  • Benzinger finished the game two-for-four with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored.
  • Lawrence was three-for-five with a run scored.
  • Martin was two-for-four with a RBI.
  • Jenkins was two-for-two with a run scored.

  • Thomas More used six pitchers in the game.
  • First-year pitcher Mitch Mierke (Milford, Ohio/Milford) earned the win as he pitched three innings giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out one.
  • Junior pitcher Justin Ward (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) earned the save as he pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

  • Thomas More will open a three-game series with the University of Dallas on Saturday with a doubleheader.
  • First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Thomas More Field.