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Baseball - Thu, Apr. 14, 2016
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WHITING, Ind -- Judson is on a roll in CCAC conference action having swept Calumet College of St. Joseph in a twin-bill match-up on April 12th. CCSJ sits at the bottom of the south division having found only three wins this season, with their first and only win in conference against Purdue-Calumet. The Eagles had trouble finding a run in game one winning the seven inning game 1-0, but Judson pulled a complete 180 in game two keeping the Crimson Wave scoreless while scoring 12 runs for the sweep. The Eagles have improved to 26-15 overall while improving to 14-2 in the CCAC for the lead in the north division and tie for first place.

 

The win against Calumet-St. Joseph marks the Eagles' eighth straight victory and 14th win in conference. Since the Eagles' last loss against Trinity Christian College, Judson is 8-0 and yet to lose a game in April. A clean series sweep of Saint Ambrose (IA) gave Judson a good cushion in the north division with a four game lead ahead of the Fighting Bees. Rival south division leader, Olivet Nazarene, has found similar success in conference but a loss to St. Xavier last Wednesday has Judson and Olivet in a race for the CCAC regular season title with two losses each. 

 

Judson looks to make their run in the second half of the conference schedule as the regular season is coming to a close in a little over two weeks. Right now the Eagles hold their own destiny with 13 conference games left that include Robert Morris, Purdue-North Central, Roosevelt, Purdue-Calumet, and St. Xavier. All these teams have the ability to play spoiler for the Eagles. 

 

But Judson has found a great recipe for success in playing their game and staying within themselves. The Eagles rank sixth in batting average, second in slugging percentage, fourth in total hits, first in doubles, and first in home runs in the CCAC. On the pitching side, the staff ranks fifth in ERA, four in opponent batting average, third in batters struck out, third in wins, and first in saves.
* Complete list of conference standings can be found here: ccacsports.com

 

One key to the Eagles' success is the senior leadership and drive that has the team grinding out every pitch, every at-bat, and every game. Luke Rojas (SR/St. Charles, IL) ranks 14th in the nation in total doubles, and Mark DeYoung (SR/Plainfield, IL) and Angel Sanchez (SR/Northlake, IL) rank 16th in the nation with wins on the mound. Success has trickled down as transfer Ron Sessler (JR/Lockport, IL) has caught this momentum ranking first in home runs, fourth in slugging percentage, third in hits, and eighth in RBI's; all in the CCAC.

 

With the weather feeling more and more like baseball season, expect this Eagles' team to continue to stay hot with a chance at a regular season title. Judson will be back in action Friday, April 15th at Robert A. Hoffer Field as they face rival Robert Morris in game one of a three game series starting at 5pm.