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Head coach Rich Benjamin took over the Judson Eagles in 2008 and has made his program into a perennial power in the CCAC and throughout the Midwest region. Benjamin has garnered numerous individual awards; but has also produced teams that have established a new standard within the Judson baseball program. 


2013

CCAC Regular-Season & Tournament Champions

46-17 (25-4)

NAIA Opening Round - #3 Seed

NAIA Final Ranking: #22

NAIA All-American 2nd team: Cameron Balough – SO, C

CCAC Coach of the Year: Rich Benjamin

All-CCAC 1st Team: Balough, Andrew Bergman – SO, RHP; Brian Brauer – SR, INF; Tony Rallo – SO, INF

All- CCAC 2nd Team: Johnny Amann – SR, INF; Jordan Pemble – SO, RHP; Josh Raymond – JR, INF

Gold Glove Team: Brauer, T.J. Swank – SR, RHP

2013 held many firsts for the Eagles baseball program. Judson notched back-to-back CCAC regular-season championships to begin the list of many firsts. The Eagles won the CCAC tournament making them out-right champions. The Eagles ripped off 18 straight victories as they cruised past Trinity Christian for win number 17 in the CCAC Tournament championship as win number 18 came in game one of the opening round of the national tournament over #13 Cumberland (Tenn.) by a 7-4 final.

Judson had nine players named to All-CCAC 1st and 2nd teams – the most in program history. Sophomore catcher, Cameron Balough, became the first Judson baseball player to be named CCAC Player of the Year and the first member of the Judson baseball program to be named NAIA All-American Second Team. 


 

2012

CCAC Regular Season Champions

47-14 (25-4)

NAIA Opening Round - #2 Seed

NAIA Final Ranking: #21

NAIA All-American: Matt McHenry (H.M.)

CCAC Coach of the Year: Rich Benjamin

All-CCAC: Matt McHenry (1st), Craig Lipp (1st), Jordan Pemble (1st), Johnny Amann (2nd), Cameron Balough (2nd), Tyler Ware (2nd), Billy Wright (2nd)

The 2012 season was a historical year for head coach Rich Benjamin. Judson won the program's first-ever CCAC regular season championship accumulating a 25-4 record in the conference and ended the season with 47 wins – the  most in program history.  The Eagles finished unbeaten with an 11-0 mark on the annual spring break trip in Florida and ranked as high as 16th in the nation and finished the year ranked 21st in the post-season poll.  The NAIA national ranking was first for the program.  Judson also won its first-ever NAIA post-season game defeating the Dakota State Trojans 9-4 in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.


 

 2008

CCAC Tournament Champions

18-25

All-CCAC: Kyle Kobernus (H.M.)

CCAC Freshman of the Year: Oscar DePablos

In coach Rich Benjamin's first season, he took a team of 18 players and coached them to the CCAC Tournament Championship.  The CCAC Tournament played the #3 through #6 teams in the conference for the third spot in the NAIA Regional Tournament.  Judson compiled a 3-1 record in the three-day tournament to solidify the final spot in the NAIA Region VII Tournament. 

The Eagles soared to begin the event with wins over Olivet Nazarene, 6-2, and Purdue-North Central, 9-7. Following a loss to PNC, Judson faced off against the Panthers for the third time in the tournament; but this time it was for the championship. The Eagles took home the hardware in comeback fashion in the bottom of the 7th inning to win it all by a final of 12-11.