ELGIN, Ill. – It was a team effort for Judson University as they swept Cardinal Stritch University for their 19thand 20thwins of the year to move to 6-1 in the CCAC. Judson won game one, 3-0, and then came from behind in game two with a seven-run sixth inning for an 8-5 win.
T.J. Swank earned the complete game win in game one with six strikeouts while Kevin Carmody was given the win in game two for 0.2 innings of work. Jordan Pemble picked up his third save of the year in game two, also. Billy Wright went 3-of-7 on the day with four RBI while Cameron Balough was 2-of-3 with three RBI. Balough swatted his first collegiate home run in game one for Judson.
Judson 3, Cardinal Stritch 0
Swank went seven innings for the complete game win as he improved to 5-1 on the year striking out six batters and walking only one. Balough led the team in hitting going 2-of-3 at the plate with a home run for two RBI. Wright had the other RBI in the game with one hit.
Judson did all their scoring in the second and third inning as Balough swatted his first home run of the year over the right field fence for a 2-0 lead. Wright then singled in the third inning to score Johnny Amann to make it 3-0. Cardinal Stritch had their opportunities to score but Judson's defense came through as eight runners were left on.
Judson 8, Cardinal Stritch 5
Scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind for the win, Judson completed the double header sweep, 8-5. Judson had only five hits on the day but did all of their damage in the sixth inning.
George Heller started the game and went 4.1 innings for the no decision with five strikeouts and three walks. Ryan Pollock, Cody Love, and Tom Lawton all worked 0.1 innings as Lawton recorded a strikeout. Carmody went 0.2 innings for the win facing three batters and then Jordan Pemble finished the seventh for the save striking out two of the three batters he faced.
At the plate, Wright led the team going 2-of-4 with three RBI. Swank, Balough, and Nick Norris, all had one RBI in the game.
Cardinal Stritch struck first in the second inning for the 1-0 lead but Judson tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Matt McHenry came in on a wild pitch. Cardinal Stritch then put up two runs in the fifth and the sixth for a 5-1 lead.
Judson turned the entire game around in the bottom of the seventh with seven runs for the win. Swank drove in the second run of the game to put Judson within three, 5-2. Three batters later, Balough walked with the bases loaded for the second run of the inning. Norris had a sacrifice fly for the third run to come in and the first out of the inning as Judson came within one, 5-4. Two batters later, Wright tripled to deep right center field to clear the bases and then came home on an errant throw to third base as Judson took the lead, 8-5.
Judson will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., on Sunday, March 25th, to play a single nine-inning game in CCAC play starting at 1:00 p.m.