This spring Benke hit third for St. Cloud State and finished second on the team in average (.428), RBIs (66) and home runs (13). With his performance, he earned All-NSIC Second Team honors. Last season, Benke led the Huskies in hitting with a .406 average, including five home runs and 28 RBIs. He missed the final 13 games because of injury. In 2008, he red shirted after appearing in just five games. Benke was a four-year letter winner at Roseau High School in Roseau, Minn. During his senior season he was the Conference MVP and was named an All-State honoree.