NAIA National Appearance - Baseball
The Judson University baseball program has made one appearance in the NAIA post season in 2008 at the regional tournament. The 2008 season was the last year the NAIA had NAIA Regional Tournaments with the winners advancing to the NAIA World Series. Now, the NAIA has NAIA Opening Round Tournaments.
CCAC Regular Season Champions
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)
Judson won their first-ever CCAC regular season championship with a 25-4 record and finished the season with 47 wins which is a program best. They went 11-0 in Florida on their spring break trip and were ranked as high as 16th in the nation. The NAIA national ranking was first for the program, too. Judson also won their first-ever NAIA post-season game with a win over Dakota State in the NAIA Opening Round. Judson went 1-2 in the NAIA Opening Round losing their first game to Rogers State who went on to be the NAIA national runners-up. After staying alive with a win over Dakota State, Judson fell to host school Tabor College to end their historic season.
CCAC Tournament Champions
NAIA Regional Tournament - #5 Seed
In coach Rich Benjamin's first season, he took a team of 18 players and coached them to the CCAC Touranment Championship and a berth in the progam's first-ever NAIA Regional Tournament. Judson won the final spot for the NAIA Regional Touranment by winning the CCAC Tournament Championship over Purdue-North Central. Judson received a #5 seed and fell in both games to St. Ambrose, 9-3, and #13 St. Francis, 11-5.