ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Judson baseball team kicked off the 2017 season earlier than expected this past weekend as the Eagles hosted the Warriors from Waldorf University in double-header action Saturday afternoon. The team took advantage of the 50 degree temperatures to warm up the offense that scored 20 runs in the home openers for 6-4 and 14-2 wins.
Eight Eagles hit above .400 in the opener that included 13 RBI's, 20 hits, three home runs, and two doubles. Overall the team combined for a .371 batting average and .548 slugging percentage. The two top performances included the bats from Josh Krueger (SO/Romeoville, IL) and Alex Galik (SR/Downers Grove, IL ). The two Eagles both hit .800 going 4-for-5 from the plate and totaled the season's first home runs in games one and two.
The first home run came off the bat from Krueger who ended game one 2-for-2 with a walk-off, three run shot ending the home opener in grand fashion with a 6-4 win. Galik continued the offensive power in game two hitting his season's first home run in the second inning. Newcomer Cullen Mayhew (JR/Gatesville, IL) followed with another solo shot for back-to-back home runs and back-to-back five run innings from the Eagles.
Other notables included Jared Ludwig (SO/Algonquin, IL), Vincent Surdo (JR/Skokie, IL), and Tyler Behrendt (JR/Lombard, IL) who all hit .500 while Conor Grove (JR/Frankfort, IL) and Mayhew followed hitting just above .400.
The pitching staff was led by veterans Miguel Villafane (JR/Elgin, IL) and Ty Parquette (SR/Crystal Lake, IL) who got the starts for games one and two respectively. Despite both starters not picking up the wins, the two combined to keep Waldorf to only one earned run and five runs total through both games. Villafane managed four great innings allowing just the one earned run and one unearned while striking out five. In 1.2 innings of work, Dan Gerke got the win in game one as he was on record when Judson took the lead from Kruegers walk-off, and a three inning performance from Brennan Polcyn (JR/Channahon, IL) held Waldorf to one hit and no runs in game two for his first win. Parquette did not reach the minimum four innings for the win but ended his three innings with two unearned runs while striking out four batters.
The Eagles will continue season action next weekend in Georgetown, KY as they face Georgetown College in two double-headers Feb. 18th and Feb. 19th.