The Judson baseball team split the 2nd day of a four-game series with Mid-Continent University, winning game one 5-0 and falling in game two 7-2.
Andrew Bergman pitched all seven innings in game one to finish with the complete game shutout and improve his pitching record to 2-0 on the season. Bergman struck out six batters, walked one, and only allowed five hits. Offensively, Johnny Amann and Tony Rallo led the Eagles by each going 2-3 from the plate. In the first inning, a Rallo double scored Josh Raymond to put Judson out in front. The Eagles then had a big third inning with Nick Norris leading off things with a single. Amann bunted to advance Norris to second and he then stole third base. Cameron Balough grounded out to score Norris. A few batters later, Mark DeYoung singled to score both Raymond and Rallo after a Cougar error. Judson would score their 5th and final run of the day in the fifth inning as Rallo earned his 2nd RBI of the game by singling home Amann.
In game two, Rallo and DeYoung both tallied two hits for Judson and DeYoung scored both runs. Rallo doubled home DeYoung in the first inning to start the scoring, but Mid-Continent would answer with two runs in the bottom of the 1st off Judson starter TJ Swank. The Cougars added another run in the second to lead 3-1 before Judson struck again in the third inning with Balough grounding into a fielder's choice to score DeYoung and make the score 3-2. The home team again answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to lead 4-2 and increased their lead even more with a 3-run fifth inning that Judson could not answer. TJ Swank (1-1) took the loss for the Eagles by pitching four innings and giving up five total runs, which included two unearned runs. Ryan Kendall pitched two innings of relief and allowed two unearned runs on just one hit.
After the weekend split with Mid-Continent, Judson is now 5-3 on the young season, while Mid-Continent improves to 3-4. The Eagles will travel even farther south next weekend to take on #22 ranked Freed-Hardeman in Henderson, TN. The four-game weekend series will start with a Friday doubleheader at Noon.