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Softball - Wed, Mar. 29, 2017
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Eagles were one for the dramatics Tuesday night as the softball team hosted the Pride from Purdue-University Northwest in continued CCAC conference action. Great defensive play and grid locked pitching duals only added tension to the low scoring affairs and added to the dramatic finishes as Judson took both games in 2-1, and 3-2 wins.

 

Judson remains perfect in the CCAC adding another double-header sweep to their record as the Eagles improve to 6-0 in conference and 21-6 overall. The team was able to fight back in both games and played great softball both offensively and defensively.

 

Lauren King (SR/Elgin, IL) highlighted the night with her game two heroics as the Eagles found themselves down 2-0 late in the sixth inning. After Skye Osborne (FR/Romeoville, IL) was intentionally walked, King stepped to the plate and produced a two out, three RBI double that got past the right fielder to clear the bases for the 3-2 lead and eventual win. King is no stranger being in that position as she has produced numerous big hits and home runs in games last season. Game one ended much the same as PNW took an early 1-0 lead in the third and the Eagles fought back to take the 2-1 win. Small ball got things rolling for Judson as King again led off with a single in the fourth inning, replaced by Sydney Reid (SO/Wapello, IA) as a pinch runner, to be moved around by a Nicolette Chapa (SR/Lake in the Hills, IL) sacrifice bunt and scored by Ashley Quinlan (SR/Oak Lawn, Ill.) producing the RBI sacrifice fly. It was then Mary Emington (SR/Cadillac, MI) and Osborne connecting for a one out single that was scored by Osborne's RBI double. 

 

All around, the Eagles' defensive game was a big part to the double-header sweep as Elizabeth Walker (SR/Olney, IL) picked up two wins on the mound, plays from Skye Osborne in right field, and infield play from Kate Peterburs (FR/South Elgin, IL), Stephanie Stefancic (JR/Wilmington, IL), Nicolette Chapa, Ashley Quinlan, and catcher Sarah Friedlund (JR/Dekalb, IL) all ended big inning threats with diving plays, double plays, over the head catches, and catching runners trying to steal. The cold weather may have slowed the offense, but the reliable defense helped the Eagles to two more wins in conference.

 

Judson will travel to Saint Ambrose on Thursday, March 30th and then get a week break before continuing CCAC action against Olivet Nazarene on Saturday, April 8th starting at 12pm.