HUTCHINSON, Kan. - #23 Rogers State University scored nine runs in the first five innings shutting down #17 Judson University's offense en route to taking the win in the NAIA Opening Round, 9-5. Judson could now answer the run barrage that Rogers State brought in in the first five innings only responding with seven hits. Judson will now be playing from the loser's bracket and will face Dakota State at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11th.
Frank Oliver led Judson with two RBI as he had a two-run home run in his only at-bat in the eighth inning which was his first collegiate home run. Brian Brauer went 2-of-4 with a double and a RBI. Cameron Balough and Tony Rallo both had one RBI on the day.
Tyler Ware started the game and went three innings giving up four earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Ben Palmer finished the final six innings with two strikeouts and five earned runs.
Rogers State had one-run innings in the first and second innings and then a two-run third made it 4-0. Judson cut the lead in half with a two-run third inning. Balough brought in the first run of the game with a single up the middle that scored Brauer. After Josh Raymond was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Rallo hit a sacrifice fly to left field as Elliot Badja came in. Rogers State then tacked on three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth for the 9-2 lead. It was not until the eighth that Oliver swatted his first collegiate home run to make it 9-4 and then Brauer doubled in Wright in the ninth for the final run.
Judson will now play in the elimination game on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. vs. Dakota State at Hobart-Detter Field.