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Baseball - Mon, Feb. 27, 2017
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LAKE MYRTLE PARK, Flor. - - - Judson has kicked off their two-week road trip in Florida in dramatic fashion with a 10 inning thriller against Point Park University. The Sunday afternoon contest was the first of the trip and the first of two match-ups between the two squads and a combination of excellent pitching and the Eagles use of the long ball propelled them to a 7-6 win over the Pioneers.

 

Josh Krueger (SO/Romeoville, IL) continued his hot streak at the plate totaling his second home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning. Krueger had already provided at-bat heroics in the home season opener with a walk-off home run, and continued his long ball reputation with a two run shot to give Judson the 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Flash back to the first eight innings, the Eagles struggled at the plate tallying three runs in the second, sixth, and seventh innings while finding themselves down 4-3 heading into the ninth. Point Park would go to score in pairs totaling two runs in each the second, fifth, and ninth innings. The offensive heavy game recorded each team totaling 12 hits each setting up the bullpens for s tough finish.

 

Miguel Villafane (JR/Elgin, IL) got his third start of the season and went four and a two-thirds before the bullpen arms of Nate Peterson (JR/Byron, IL), Alec Berry (SO/Batavia, IL), and Conor Grove (JR/Frankfort, IL) took over. While Point Park tallied eight hits and four runs off of Villafane, the remaining five and one-third innings where locked down with PPU only putting up four hits and two runs off the Judson bullpen. Peterson would go in relief for three and a third allowing two hits and a run while striking out three. The effective southpaw set up the right handed arms of Berry and Grove for two shut-down innings as Berry would pick up the win and Grove would go for the save.

 

It did not take long for the Eagles to break the tie in the top of the tenth as transfer Cullen Mayhew (JR/Gatesville, IL) lifted the Eagles to a 7-6 lead with his solo shot. Mayhew's homerun was his first as an Eagle and the teams second of the game that proved to be the game winner in the end. Judson has now totaled six home runs in six games and the use of the long ball has provided two key wins this season in the final innings. 

 

Other key standouts included the top five batters in the line-up combining for six RBI, seven hits, and five runs scored. The one-two combination of Alex Galik (SR/Downers Grove, IL ) and Tanner Kehrer (JR/Belvidere, IL) both finished 2-for-5 with a run and RBI while Krueger hit two RBI and Mayhew scored twice.

 

Spring Break action continues this week with games against Mount Vernon Nazarene, Point Park University, Davenport University, Cleary University, Warner University, and Missouri Valley College. Find updates and more schedule details on judsoneagles.com.