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Baseball - Wed, Mar. 22, 2017
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Eagles gave March Madness a baseball twist as the team split the twin-bill match up with the No.16 ranked Clarke University Crusaders Tuesday afternoon. The dramatic finishes ended in a walk-off sacrifice fly and two final inning home runs for the series split as Judson took game one 4-3 and Clarke took game two, 5-4.


The Eagles drop their first home loss this season as they are currently 4-1 overall at Robert A. Hoffer Field. This is Judson's first win over a ranked opponent and second over teams receiving votes nationally in the NAIA. Overall, the team enters into CCAC conference action this weekend 14-10 and with a little bit of momentum into the second half of the season.


Clarke University (IA) took early leads in both games going up 2-0 by the fourth inning in game one and up 2-1 by the third inning in game two. Josh Rahn (JR/Schaumburg, IL) got the start for the Eagles in game one and was a key piece to keeping Clarke to just three runs through his eight & two-thirds innings of work. Rahn allowed just three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out nine Crusader batters. The Judson offense would rally back with patient at-bats as Conor Grove (JR/Frankfort, IL), Sam Visconti, and Vincent Surdo (JR/Skokie, IL) all reached with one out, a big two RBI single from Andrew Siegler (JR/Batavia, IL ) scored two to tie the game at 3-3, and David Matthews (JR/Chicago, IL) won the game off a sacrifice fly to score Joe Kurucar (JR/Addison, IL) to win game one.


Game two was much the same as the Eagles staged another late inning rally. Down 3-1, Judson tied together two hits from Alex Galik (SR/Downers Grove, IL ) and Andrew Siegler, and Sam Visconti continued the inning with a two out walk to load the bases. This time it was Adam Rojas (JR/St. Charles, IL) with the big hit that ended in a bases clearing double to put the Eagles up 4-3 heading to the seventh. But the madness continued as Clarke put together their own late game heroics as two solo home runs put the Crusaders up 5-4 giving Judson another opportunity to take the sweep. Tanner Kehrer (JR/Belvidere, IL) would reach third but luck would run out on Judson as Clarke closer ended the Eagles' bats for the 5-4 win.


Two great games against a ranked opponent give the Eagles some good momentum going into CCAC conference action this weekend. Judson starts conference play against conference rival Olivet Nazarene for a double-header match up set for Saturday, March 25th at 12:30pm.