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2014-04-01 ONU drops doubleheader to Judson
2014 Madison Foster (1)

Sophomore pitched game one against Judson and managed two hits in game two

ONU drops doubleheader to Judson

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 8:29 AM

ELGIN, Ill. — Judson University (Ill.), the CCAC North Division leaders, awaited the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team on Tuesday afternoon, April 1, at Hoffer Field for a doubleheader. The Tigers were anxious to rebound following a series loss the previous weekend. The Eagles, however, were unwilling to yield in conference play, defeating Olivet 7-0 and 5-3, and staying atop the standings. ONU struggled at the plate, managing only nine hits and three runs all day.

In game one, Coach Reid started sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1-1), who went 5 2/3 innings, allowing all seven runs — six earned — off 10 hits while striking out six. Junior Ryan Archer (Moline, Ill.) pitched the final 1/3 inning, walking two.

Ryan Perez (7-1) started for the Eagles (19-12, 5-2) and went the distance, allowing three hits in 6 2/3 innings to go along with six strikeouts.

The first three innings were scoreless as the Tigers managed only one hit but, in the bottom of the fourth, Judson put two runs on the board. Mark DeYoung tripled, and Tony Rallo grounded out for a second run. Again in the fifth inning, the Eagles tacked on four more runs aided by three singles, one of which was scored with two outs off the bat of Luke Rojas. ONU was unable to make a dint in the deficit, managing only one hit and again giving up a run in the bottom half to make it 7-0.

For the Tigers (9-17, 3-4), Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.), Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) managed hits.

At the plate for Judson, Mark DeYoung went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Josh Raymond had two hits, one RBI and two runs. Shortstop Luke Rojas had two RBIs, and Ryan Burke scored twice. 

The Tigers needed a great pitching effort from sophomore Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) (0-2) in game two, his first start of the season. He went four innings, allowing four runs — one earned — off three hits. Coach Reid then went to his bullpen and stayed there the rest of the game. Matt Webber (Kankakee, Ill.) pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run off two hits. Ken DeCook (Kankakee, Ill.) went 2/3 innings, and Joel Woodbridge (Brockton, Mass.) walked two in his appearance. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work, and Steven Beckham (Mt. Vernon, Ill.) finished the final 2/3 innings.

For Judson, Kenny Lowden (2-2) sent seven innings in his start, allowing three runs — two earned — off six hits. Andrew Bergmann (1) recorded his first save of the season, pitching two innings and striking out two.

As game two started, the lights were on at Hoffer Field. Unlike in game one, the first inning had a score as the Eagles took advantage of an error with Balough hitting a sacrifice fly and Ryan Burke scoring. Not until the bottom of the third did either team get another hit, and they used two to score three runs and take a 4-0 lead. Mark DeYoung continued his great day at the plate and piled on two more RBIs. Again, Lowden shutout the Tigers at the plate and allowed the Eagles to add an insurance run off of Rallo’s bat. 

Meanwhile, the sixth inning became the final hope for the Tigers as they loaded the bases with no outs. Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) eventually scored on a wild pitch. Josh Altmann grounded out to allow Foster to score. Eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) singled, and J.P. Batts (Spring Lake, Mich.) to score. A double play ended the inning and the comeback effort for the Tigers.

For the Tigers, Madison Foster went 2-for-4 with one run, and Jordan Wannerwent 2-for-3 with one run. Bryan Klendwort hand Josh Altmann each had a RBI.

For the Eagles, Tony Rallo and Mark DeYoung each had two RBIs, and Ryan Burke scored twice.

ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 4, on the road against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 5 p.m. in Whiting, Ind.