The Benedictine College baseball team took the opening series as they took on the Bulldogs of McPherson College in a non-conference match-up. 

Last season, the Ravens finished with a 34-16 overall record with a 19-10 record coming from their conference opponents. They also qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.  

In their first game, the Ravens got off to a bumpy start by giving up nine runs in just the first three innings of the game. The route was on as they dropped the first 20-6. 

Jacob Slaten, senior,  believes the key is to be more aggressive. 

“We need to be ready for that first pitch fastball and when we get it we need to be ready to put a good swing on it,” the pitcher and second base player said.  

In game two of the weekend, the Ravens took an early lead in the third before giving it back up in the top of the fifth. But the Ravens took control and didn’t give it back in the bottom half of the fifth.  

Freshman starting pitcher Nelson Klein was the starting pitcher and earned the win pitching through five full innings in game three. Drew Piontek put the Ravens on top in the bottom of the fifth inning with a timely two-run home run to center field.  

The Ravens took the series in game three, as they were led by senior shortstop Drew Piontek. 

“I felt like I was having good at-bats all weekend and being able to square one up to give us the lead topped it off, Piontek said. “Coming back and getting the two wins on Sunday against a team like McPherson was a great way to kick off the season and shows our team what we’re capable of.” 

The Ravens are set to travel to Sterlington, Louisiana for the Cajun Collision. There, they will take on two teams who were ranked in the top 25 preseason coaches poll. 

 The Ravens will return to Olsen Stadium Feb. 19 where they take on the Fighting Bees of St. Ambrose University.