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Baseball - Tue, May 2, 2017
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Judson University Baseball team closed out the 2017 regular season claiming the CCAC regular season championship with a 9-7 win over Robert Morris University. The three game series proved to be the most important of the season as the Eagles needed the final game to claim the top spot in conference. Finishing with a 21-6 record, Judson now wins its fifth CCAC regular season title in the last seven seasons. The Eagles will win the No.1 seed in the CCAC Tournament starting Friday, May 5th and will receive the conference's first bid to the NAIA Opening Round National Tournament opening May 16, 2017.


The game opened up to a three run inning from Judson and Robert Morris put up a four run bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead over JU. Robert Morris tagged back-to-back home runs off the Judson start Brennan Polycn before he was replaced by Dan Gerke (JR/Burlington, IL) in the bottom half of the first. Gerke would go to shut down RMU through his 6 & 1/3 innings of work allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine. Robert Morris would tie the game against Gerke hitting their third home run to make it a 6-6 ball game. The Judson offense made use of the four RMU errors, five wild pitches, seven walks, and three hit-by-pitches to close out the final three innings scoring the go ahead run on a wild pitch and two more insurances runs in the ninth. 


Cullen Mayhew (JR/Gatesville, TX) had a day at the plate going 3-for-5 and totaling four RBI with a run scored. Mayhew sparked the ninth with his insurance RBI to give Judson the 8-6 lead that shifted the momentum in the final inning. Brayden Royse (JR/Elgin, Ill.) came in to pitch on short relief and allowed the fourth home run of the night by RMU to cut the JU lead 9-7 in the ninth. The Eagles star all season, Ty Parquette (SR/Crystal Lake, IL), then came in to record the final three outs for the save and the CCAC Championship clinching win in the 3.5 hour contest.


Judson will now open CCAC Conference Tournament action on Friday, May 5th. Seedings and times will be announced with the finish of the remaining CCAC regular season games to be played on Wednesday.