Game 1: No. 6 Seed Purdue North Central (27-28) 2, No. 1 Seed Judson (42-10) 1 - Box l RUSH moments
Game 3: No. 3 Seed St. Francis (33-15) 12, No. 4 Seed Saint Xavier (34-21) 7 - Box
SXU plated three more runs in the top of the seventh taking advantage of two walks, an error and a hit batsman. However, that was it for the Cougar offense with no hits over the final two frames and USF adding a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it, 12-7. Kovarik finished 1-for-3 with the homer and four RBI, while Klein posted two hits and a run scored. Junior right-hander Mike Stirling suffered his first loss of the year (5-1) going four innings and allowing 10 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and no walks with one strikeout.
Judson 14, Olivet Nazarene 2
Keeping their hopes alive for a CCAC Tournament Championship, #16 Judson University pounded out 16 hits for 14 runs as they eliminated Olivet Nazarene University, 14-2. Olivet Nazarene took a 1-0 lead in the first before Judson scored six runs in the top of second inning to take the lead for good.
Trailing 1-0, Judson jumped on three Olivet Nazarene errors in the second inning for six runs. Judson then added five more runs in the fourth inning on two errors for the 11-2 lead taking full control of the game.
Craig Lipp improved to 7-1 going seven innings with four strikeouts and giving up just one earned run. Ryan Pollock followed with two strikeouts in the eighth and Cody Love finished the ninth with one strikeout. Steven Beckham received the loss for Olivet Nazarene going 3.2 innings giving up eight runs but only one was earned with five strikeouts as he is now 6-3.
WHITING, Ind. - Purdue University-North Central's Colin Willis was the difference in the game advancing the Panthers in the winner's bracket over Judson University, 2-1. Willis stole home in the top of the ninth inning with two outs for the go-ahead run. Judson had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning with bases loaded and no outs but Shane Prance had a fly out and a double play to end the game.
Judson's Tyler Ware received the loss going the complete game with strikeouts but gave up two earned runs. Purdue-North Central's Jordan Polito went 7.2 innings for the no decision as Prance finished the final 1.1 innings for the win.
Both teams had eight hits on the day as both Matt McHenry, Tony Rallo, and Craig Lipp all had two hits each for Judson. Rallo had the lone RBI. Purdue-North Central's Ched Gaskin led all batters with three hits.
Purdue-North Central went on the board first in the second inning on a Greg Toliver single that scored Nate Hall. In the fourth inning, Judson threatened on a Rallo hit to left field as Amann tried to come in as the tying run but was thrown out at home plate by Purdue-North Central's Hall.
In the bottom of the eighth, with two outs, Prance came in to face Rallo with a 1-0 count. Rallo took a full count in the box and singled up the middle to tie the game as Nick Norris came in from third base.
WHITING, Ind. - Rey Rodriguez went 8.1 innings for #5 seeded Robert Morris University as they advanced in the winner's bracket, 5-1, over #2 seeded Olivet Nazarene University, 5-1. Rodriguez recorded nine strikeouts giving up just three hits and no earned runs as Robert Morris will now play the winner of the University of St. Francis/Saint Xavier University game.
Olivet Nazarene's Casey Mast took the loss going 3.1 innings giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits with only one strikeout. Ryan Archer finished the final 4.2 innings and had three strikeouts and did not give up any runs.
Zac Volland recorded three hits to lead Robert Morris as James Dawson had two hits. Andy Roen and Hunter Pruitt each produced two RBI, also. Daniel Hall, Shane Breitzke, and Daniel Schneider all had one hit for Olivet Nazarene.
Robert Morris took advantage early in the game with two runs in the first inning. With no outs Roen and Pruitt each had back-to-back RBI with a sacrifice fly and bunt as both Tim Meyer and Volland scored. Pruitt picked up his second RBI on the day in the third on another ground out to push the lead to three and then Robert Morris added two more runs in the fourth to make it 5-0. Pat Driscoll was the first run in the fourth when he came in one of three Olivet Nazarene errors in the game. Roen then made it 5-0 with his second sacrifice on the day flying out to left field as Meyer touched home plate.
Breitzke gave Olivet Nazarene their only run of the game in the sixth inning on a ground out as Adrian Perez scored. Olivet Nazarene threatened in three different innings but Robert Morris killed the rallies with double plays as eight runners were stranded on base in the game.
Olivet Nazarene (33-14-1, 24-6 CCAC) moved up to the No. 2 spot jumping ahead of University of St. Francis (33-15, 23-7) after sweeping Saint Xavier University in three games over the weekend, while Purdue North Central (27-28, 16-14) won three games against Trinity Christian College to take the final spot from the Trolls after both teams finished 16-14 in league play.
Despite all the maneuvering, NAIA No. 17-ranked Judson University is still the favorite to win the tournament after the Eagles claimed the regular-season title with a 25-4 record. Head coach Rich Benjamin's club, which finished the regular season 44-10 overall, will face Purdue North Central in Tuesday's first game at 11:30 a.m.
Olivet Nazarene and Robert Morris University (38-16, 19-10) will square off in Tuesday's second game (2 p.m.). RMU, which enters as the No. 5 seed, won the tournament two years ago and the regular-season crown in 2011 to advance to the NAIA National Baseball Championship - Opening Round Tournament each of the past two seasons.
University of St. Francis and Saint Xavier University round out the first day of play at the tournament with a 7:30 p.m. start. USF, like Robert Morris, has advanced to the last two Opening Round Tournaments. The Saints (33-15, 23-7) earned those bids by winning the regular-season title in 2010 and capturing the CCAC tournament last spring. They enter this year's field as the No. 3 seed, while Saint Xavier (34-21, 20-10) comes in at No. 4.
The winner of the CCAC Tournament earns an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship - Opening Round unless Judson University claims the crown. The Eagles have already locked up one of two bids guaranteed to the conference by virtue of winning the regular-season title. Thus, the second bid would go to the team that finishes second in the tournament if Judson was to prevail.
For the second straight year, all games in the tournament will be webcast. Go to http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/stritch.portal# for all the details when they become available.
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