BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Judson University (Ill.) Eagles did
something an opponent had not done against the Olivet Nazarene University
baseball team since April 30, 2011: win at Watson Field. The Eagles defeated the Tigers 8-3 and 10-3 in back-to-back games on Tuesday, ending a
streak of 18 winning games. The Tigers struggled on the mound, giving up 16 hits, 11
walks and five hit batters. In the field, the Tigers committed five errors
between both games.
The Tigers (19-13, 8-5) ace Ben Heller (Whitewater, Wis.) (5-3) took the ball against the defending
CCAC Regular Season Champions. He went 4 2/3 innings allowing eight runs —
three earned — off seven hits. He walked four, hit four and struck out three. Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ryan Archer (Moline, Ill.) threw a
scoreless 2 1/3 innings to end the game.
Judson’s (22-12, 7-1) Andrew Bergman (4-0) went four innings
allowing three runs — two earned — off four hits. Jordan Pemble went the final
three, striking out five batters and recording his seventh save of the day.
In the first inning, the Eagles used two hits, two errors,
three hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball to score five runs; and they
left three runners on base. Meanwhile, the Tigers were not ready go away as
Heller settled down in the second and third inning; and in the bottom of the third, the Tigers struck. Justin Fahy (Fargo,
N.D.) reached base, and Adrian Perez
(Chicago, Ill.) drove him home with a single. Eventually, Cody Haver (Valparaiso, Ind.) scored
from third on an error to make it 5-2. Olivet tacked on another run in the fourth
when Haver hit a RBI single, scoring Josh
Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.). However, the Tigers would run into trouble in
the fifth and gave up three runs with two outs. In the Tiger’s fifth through seventh
innings, they only managed one more hit.
Only four Tigers recorded hits. Cody Haver went 2-for-4 with
one RBI and one run. For the Eagles,
Tony Rallo went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run. Cameron Balough went 1-for-4
with one RBI and two runs.
In game two of the doubleheader, the
Tigers fell behind early once again. The Eagles managed one run in the second when
Luke Rojas singled to score Raymond after he reached on an error. In the second, the Eagles poured on four more runs to make it 5-0. Rojas hurt the Tigers again
with a double, this time scoring two. ONU didn’t score until the fifth when Josh
Altmann singled to score Trey Ballard
(Champaign, Ill.). In the sixth, ONU tacked on two more to make it 5-3.
Haver and Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) contributed to scoring column with
RBIs. However, Judson responded like they did in game one with three runs in
the seventh and two more in the eighth to put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
Freshman lefty Madison
Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (2-3) started and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing
five runs — four earned — off six hits. Parker
Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing a run. Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) gave
up a run in relief. Matt Webber (Kankakee,
Ill.) went one inning, allowing two runs. Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.) finished the game, allowing one
run in two innings of work.
Ryan Perez (2-4) went five innings, allowing only one run off
two hits, striking out six for Judson. Luke Keller recorded his first save, going 3 1/3
innings, allowing only three hits.
Justin Fahy finished with two hits, and Trey Ballard scored
two runs for the Tigers. For Judson, Rojas had four RBIs and one run. Josh Raymond
went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs. Nick Norris had two hits and two runs.
ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 3, with a
doubleheader on the road against Trinity International University (Ill.)
starting at 2 p.m.