TUCSON, Ariz. – Earning two wins in three games to post a 6-2 record in three days of play in the Tucson Intercollegiate Games, Judson University defeated the University of Great Falls, 3-2, and Iowa Wesleyan, 10-1. They fell to Aquinas College, 3-2, in the second game of the day.
Judson 2, Great Falls 1
Scoring one run in the eighth and ninth of extra innings for their fifth win of the year, Judson came away with a 2-1 win over Great Falls. After seven innings of no one scoring, Judson scored in the top of the eighth and Great Falls followed before Judson won the game in the top of the ninth, 2-1.
Sarah Boyer pitched all nine innings for her second win of the year as she picked up 12 strikeouts and walked just two batters. She did not give up any earned runs as she faced 30 batters and walked only two. Olson took the loss for Great Falls.
Kaleigh Velasquez led Judson with two hits in three at-bats. Concetta Lampugnano, Allison Catlett, Kelsie Wilkins, and Sam Baumgartner all had one hit. Emily England and Wilkins had one RBI each.
Playing with the international tiebreaker rule, Lampugnano was placed on second base in the eighth inning and advanced to third on a Deanna DeBosschere sacrifice bunt. England followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Lampugnano for the 1-0 lead. Great Falls tied the game in the bottom of the eighth but Judson came back with one run in the ninth. Brianna DiGioia was placed on second base and advanced on a Catlett sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Wilkins singled to center field to score the game winning run in DiGioia.
Aquinas 3, Judson 2
Aquinas scored two in the bottom of the fourth as Judson tied the game in the sixth before Aquinas hit in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Sam Gladen took the loss going 6.1 innings with six strikeouts and one earned run. Amanda Hart had two hits for Judson while Catlett produced two RBI with a home run. Both of Hart's hits were doubles while DiGioia also had a double.
After being down two for an inning, Judson brought in two runs in the sixth on a two-run shot by Catlett to tie the game. That was the only runs scored in the game as Ashely White of Aquinas received the win.
Judson 10, Iowa Wesleyan 1
Judson finished the day with 10 runs and their sixth win of the year in Arizona scoring in four of the six innings played. England and DiGioia both had three hits to lead Judson as DiGioia produced six RBI. DeBosschere and Catlett both had two hits. Hart brought in two RBI while DeBosschere and Catlett each had one RBI. DiGioia had two doubles and a home run in the game as Baumgartner also had a RBI. Hallie Niewold went six innings for her second win striking out three and not giving up any earned runs.
Hart grounded out in the second inning to score DiGioia for the first run of the game. In the third inning, Judson put up three runs on three hits. DiGioia smacked another home run as three runs scored on her shot to right field. After a scoreless fourth inning, Judson added four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
In the fifth inning, DeBosschere singled in Lampugnano for the first run of the inning. Two batters later DiGioia hit into a fielder's choice for a RBI as, DeBosschere came in for the second run. Catlett followed with a RBI single and then Hart had a sacrifice fly for the fourth run of the inning as DiGioia scored.
Iowa Wesleyan had their only run score in the bottom of the inning and then Judson added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a DiGioia double to left field scoring both England and Jenna Szabo.
Judson will have two more games on Friday against Jamestown and William Penn in Arizona.