ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Eagles' displayed some high powered offense in Wednesday's double header as they hosted Cardinal Stritch University in CCAC action. The two teams combined for seven home runs, six of which were produced from the Judson bat's, as Hannah McDowell (SO/Eupora, MS) hit her first two home runs of her career while Nicolette Chapa (SR/Lake in the Hills, IL) and Skye Osborne (FR/Romeoville, IL) added their own long shots to avoid the sweep.
The Eagles are now 26-11 overall with a 11-5 CCAC record after the double header split in a 8-4 loss and 12-0 win in five innings. Judson remains in the number four spot in the conference standings and only four games back from the CCAC leader in No.12 St. Francis (IL). JU is scheduled for eight more conference games two of which slated against USF.
But with the power and energy shown from the Judson offense Wednesday night, you can expect the Eagles to make a run late in the season. Skye Osborne, Hannah McDowell, and Nicolette Chapa got things rolling in game two. McDowell was actually the first to knock one over the wall with her solo shot that tied game one at 1-1 in the third. Judson would tack on three more runs in the fourth before a crooked seven run inning for Cardinal Stritch put the game away with a 8-4 CSU win.
The three would come back in game two and produce five home runs through five innings to avoid the sweep as McDowell hit her second career home run in two games, Chapa hit her first of the season, and Osborne went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate all on home run shots. JU seemingly lived beyond the wall as Osborne and Chapa went deep in the first inning, Osborne and McDowell combined in the second inning, and then Osborne finished things up with her third home run of the game in the third inning.
The Judson freshman now leads the team with nine home runs on the season and 39 RBI. Osborne's .835 slugging percentage also leads the team with Mary Emington (SR/Cadillac, MI) in second with a .579 slugging percentage and seven home runs. In game two alone, Osborne produced five RBI, three runs scored, and three home runs in three at-bats. Through the last five games, Osborne is now averaging 1.2 home runs per game and a slugging percentage of 1.389. Osborne now ranks No.33 in the NAIA and No.5 in the CCAC in total slugging percentage, No.7 in the CCAC for RBI, and now No.2 in the CCAC for total home runs.
Judson starts the last week and a half as they travel to Whiting, IN to take on Calumet College on Saturday, April 22nd with a start time of 10:00am.