The #25 ranked Judson baseball traveled to Kentucky for the weekend and opened up a series against Mid-Continent University by splitting a doubleheader on Friday. Game one went to the Eagles 3-2, but the Cougars came back to take game two 4-2.
In game one, Craig Lipp took the hill for Judson and battled against Mid-Continent starter Blake Balderaz. Both pitchers showed great stuff through the first four innings as both teams only managed one hit each through four innings. It was Judson that was able to find its offense first in the top of the fifth inning. Mark DeYoung led off the inning with a single and was eventually moved to second base on a Luke Rojas groundout. Tony Ruggiero was then hit by a pitch and Nick Norris walked to load up the bases for Johnny Amann. Amann came through with a single past the shortstop that scored DeYoung and Ruggiero ended up scoring as well due to a wild throw. Judson led 2-0 after the fifth. Mid-Continent would come back with one run in the seventh inning, but Judson would answer in the eighth inning thanks to Tony Rallo who grounded into a fielder's choice scoring Amann for the final run of the game for Judson. The Cougars would answer with one more run in the bottom of the eighth, but could not score on Eagles' closer Jordan Pemble, who sealed the victory with his 3rd save of the year. Lipp earned his first victory of the year on the mound and DeYoung led all Eagles' hitters with a 2-4 day from the plate that included a single, double, and a run scored.
Game two was a seven inning game and both pitchers went the distance. Ryan Perez was the pitcher for the Eagles and Luke Deaton for the Cougars. It was Mid-Continent this time around who scored first with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Judson came back to score two in the top of the fifth. Brian Brauer started the inning with a single and Luke Rojas then doubled to move Brauer to third. TJ Swank hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brauer and advanced Rojas. Nick Norris then double to score another run but was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. That was the end of the scoring for Judson and Mid-Continent would add one more run in the sixth to end up with a 4-2 victory. Judson scored two runs on seven hits, but committed three errors that led to two unearned runs for the Cougars. Mid-Continent scored four runs on seven hits with no errors. Perez took the loss for Judson and is now 0-2 on the season.
Judson stands at 4-2 and Mid-Continent is 2-3 on the year as both team will play two more on Saturday, with a double-header scheduled to start at Noon at Graves County High School.