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Softball - Fri, Mar. 24, 2017
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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - - - Judson was tested early in game one but held their composure as they swept their second straight CCAC series against Trinity Christian College (IL) Friday afternoon. The Eagles found themselves down 4-2 after the first inning but fought back to score six runs in the second for a 8-4 lead and eventual 9-5 win in game one. Game two turned into a pitching dual as both teams were scoreless through two innings before Judson took the lead 2-0 scoring two in the third and keeping TCC scoreless through six innings before the game was called due to darkness. 


With their second straight sweep in conference, Judson improves to 4-0 in CCAC action while improving to 19-6 overall. The Eagles also increase their win streak to four games and are currently 17-4 overall in the month of March.


The Eagles got two runs early on in game one but Trinity Christian followed with a four run inning of their own. Tested early, Judson was able to rally back and tally a six run second inning to regain the lead and keep TCC to just one more run scored in the seventh inning. Judson got great offensive performances from the top of the order as Stephanie Stefancic (JR/Wilmington, IL) scored twice, Mary Emington (SR/Cadillac, MI) went 1-for-3 with a RBI and one run, Skye Osborne (FR/Romeoville, IL) stayed hot at the plate going 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs, Lauren King (SR/Elgin, IL) went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run, and Sarah Friedlund (JR/Dekalb, IL) went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Most of the offense was produced in the first two innings but Judson also took advantage of six Trinity Christian errors, four of which were committed in the six run second inning to take the 9-5 win.


Game two was a complete turn-around as it turned to a pitching dual between TCC's Steinkamp and JU's Lauren Herlihy (FR/Frankfort, IL). Herlihy was virtually unhittable scattering three hits allowing no runs and striking out eight Trinity Christian batters. Herlihy got her 11th start of the season and improves to 6-1 overall. The Eagles' run production was again created by Skye Osborne as her two-run home run brought in Judson's only runs in the third inning for the eventual win in six innings. Osborne has been a pitcher's nightmare in the three-spot already tallying a walk-off double in the series against Roosevelt and now a 3-for-6 performance that produced three RBI and three runs scored. Osborne now has a solid stat line as she leads the team with a .423 batting average and 27 RBI's. Osborne passes Stefancic who holds a .420 average and Lauren King who has totaled 24 RBI. 


Judson looks to keep their winning ways next Tuesday as they will be back home against Purdue-University Northwest on March 28th with first pitch set for 4:00pm(CT).