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Softball - Mon, Feb. 27, 2017
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DAVENPORT, Iowa - - - The Eagles' Softball team opened the 2017 season over the weekend at the St. Ambrose Invite at the St. Ambrose Dome in Davenport, Iowa. Judson faced the likes of Mount Mercy (IA), Aquinas College, and St. Ambrose and come away splitting the opening weekend going 2-2 overall. The Eagles had Mount Mercy's number taking home two win's against the Mustangs while dropping two games against Aquanis College and host St. Ambrose.

 

Opening day was a split that included a 3-2 win over Mount Mercy (IA) and a 1-2 loss in eight innings against Aquanis College. The one, two, third combo of Mary Emington (SR/Cadillac, MI), Stephanie Stefancic (JR/Wilmington, IL), and Skye Osborne (FR/Romeoville, IL) broke out the bats in game one combining for seven of the Eagles' 11 hits and accounted for all three RBI. Emington hit the team's first home run this season and was eventually the game winning run for the first win of the season. Osborne totaled two RBI to give Judson the lead in the third inning and Stefancic went 2-for-4 scoring one of the Eagles' three runs. Despite out-hitting Aquanis in game two, Judson was held to one run as an eight inning pitching performance from Aquanis held the JU bat's quiet. 

 

Judson faced host St. Ambrose in non-conference action in day two of the invite and again forced the second extra innings game of the weekend. Both teams were even matched totaling seven hits and two errors a piece. Despite tying the game in the bottom of the seventh, St. Ambrose came back to score two in the eighth including a run scored off a costly error from Judson that was the eventual game winner for the Fighting Bees. But the Eagles fought back in the final game of the weekend to take another win from Mount Mercy. Judson found the bats again totaling 10 hits with all but one JU starter tallying a hit in seven innings. Nicolette Chapa (SR/Lake in the Hills, IL) was a threat in the middle of the order leading the Eagles going 2-for-4 with three RBI. 

 

The Judson pitching was fueled by the combination of Elizabeth Walker (SR/Olney, IL) and Lauren Herlihy (FR/Frankfort, IL). Herlihy got three starts over the weekend but it was Walker who came away with a 2-2 record that included a complete game win in the season opener and great relief work in the remaining three games. Walker totaled a 1.96 ERA for the weekend allowing four earned runs and totaling six strike-outs. Herlihy would also go on to allow only four earned runs and total six strike-outs on her three appearances but not record a decision with Walker splitting her three starts.

 

Judson will next travel to Tucson, Arizona for Spring Break action during the stretch of March 3rd through March 11th.