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Baseball - Mon, Apr. 30, 2012
RUSH Moments

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 JU vs. ONU

 SXU vs. PNC

 RMU vs. USF
  

CHICAGO - The University of St. Francis held off several Judson University rallies as they took the 2012 CCAC Tournament championship, 9-8, earning the second bid for the CCAC to the NAIA Opening Round.  A six-run third inning gave St. Francis a 6-5 lead after Judson opened the game 5-0 and the Fighting Saints extended their lead to three, 8-5, before Judson tied the game at eight in the sixth on a three-run home run. 
 
St. Francis took a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth and then Judson threatened in the top of the seventh.  With two outs and the bases loaded, a wild pitch turned into the final out of the inning at home plate as Brandon Mendoza flipped the ball to Michael Chimera in time to tag a sliding Craig Lipp ending any threat.  Any Judson momentum was put out after the seventh as Chimera earned the win and Corey Schultz pitched the final 1.1 innings for the save. 

 


TUESDAY, MAY 1
Game 1: No. 6 Seed Purdue North Central (27-28) 2, No. 1 Seed Judson (42-10) 1  - Box l RUSH moments
Game 2: No. 5 Seed Robert Morris (38-16) 5, No. 2 Seed Olivet Nazarene (33-14-1)  1  - Box l RUSH Moments
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
Game 3: No. 3 Seed St. Francis (33-15) 12, No. 4 Seed Saint Xavier (34-21) 7 - Box
Game 4: #1 Judson 14, #2 Olivet Nazarene 2 - Box RUSH Moments
Game 5: #4 Saint Xavier 7, #6 Purdue-North Central 4  - Box l RUSH Moments

THURSDAY, MAY
Game 6: #3 St. Francis 3, #5 Robert Morris 2 - Box l RUSH Moments
Game 7: #6 Purdue-North Central 11, #5 Robert Morris 7
Game 8: #1 Judson vs.#4 Saint Xavier --- 6:00 p.m. - GAME SUSPENDED DUE TO RAIN
(tied 10-10 in bottom of 11th inning with Judson up and 1 out)

FRIDAY, MAY 4
Game 8: #1 Judson 11, #4 Saint Xavier 10 - Box l RUSH Moments
Game 9: #3 St. Francis 10 vs. #6 Purdue-North Central 6 - Box l RUSH Moments
Game 10: St. Francis 9, Judson 8  - Box l RUSH Moments

Game Recaps
Day 2
St. Francis 12, Saint Xavier 7
In the first game of the day for the CCAC Tournament, moved to SXU's campus due to field conditions, Saint Xavier could not overcome five errors and fell behind 10-0 to University of St. Francis (Ill.) over the first five innings of play.  The Fighting Saints did most of their offensive damage in the bottom of the fifth scoring nine runs thanks in part to three errors in the frame by SXU.  USF cranked out seven hits in the big inning.  Saint Xavier answered with four runs in the top of the sixth highlighted by a three-run shot to left field by Kovarik. 

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.

Josh Raymond, Tony Rallo, and Matt McHenry led Judson with three hits each while Brian Brauer posted two doubles for four RBI. Rallo gave Judson three RBI and Raymond, McHenry, T.J. Swank, and Elliot Badja had one RBI. Justin Fahy went 3-of-4 for Olivet Nazarene.
 
Saint Xavier 7, Purdue-North Central 4
Brad Myjak kicked off the scoring off in the late game with Purdue-North Central with a solo homer to left field to open the bottom of the second.  A throwing error by the Panthers plated another run for the Cougars in the frame giving SXU an early 2-0 lead.  A RBI single by PUNC in the top of the sixth cut Saint Xavier's lead in half, 2-1.  Myjak got the run back in the bottom of the frame with a sacrifice fly to right field.  The Cougars added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh led by a two-RBI single from senior shortstop Adam Koglin  and a RBI triple by sophomore right fielder Chris Klein

A pair of RBI singles and a wild pitch gave the Panthers three runs in the top of the eighth to make the score, 6-4, in favor of SXU.  Saint Xavier capped the scoring with a RBI single by Kovarik and put PUNC down in order in the ninth to end the game.  Pitcher Scott Vachon  got the win (5-3) going 7.2 innings and giving up 12 hits, four runs (all earned) and three walks with six strikeouts.  PitcherAustin Lehmann recorded his fourth save of the year going the final 1.1 innings and allowing just one hit, no runs and no walks with two strikeouts. 
Only one team was eliminated on day two of the CCAC Tournament in a rain delayed start.  #2 seed Olivet Nazarene fell to #1 seed Judson University, 14-2, in the first elimination game of the tournament after both teams fell in the first round.  St. Francis and Robert Morris are the only two remaining teams left in the winners bracket and they will face off on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. after St. Francis took a 12-7 win over Saint Xavier.  St. Francis had earn the win on Saint Xavier's home field as the game was moved to the Saint Xavier campus due to field conditions at Oil City Stadium. 
 
Following the 10:00 a.m. game is the second elimination game of the tournament as #6 seed Purdue-North Central will play the loser of the Robert Morris/St. Francis game.  In the night cap, #1 seed Judson faces #4 seed Saint Xavier in the second elimination game of the day.  In the first game of the day, the Cougars could not overcome five errors and fell behind 10-0 to University of St. Francis (Ill.) over the first five innings of play. The Fighting Saints did most of their offensive damage in the bottom of the fifth scoring nine runs thanks in part to three errors in the frame by SXU. USF cranked out seven hits in the big inning. Saint Xavier answered with four runs in the top of the sixth highlighted by a three-run shot to left field by Kovarik.

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 (Thornton, Ill./Mount Carmel) 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.


Day 1
Purdue-North Central 2, #17 Judson 1

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.

Purdue-North Central countered in the top of the ninth as they had bases loaded with two outs and stole home for the go-ahead run. Judson had their chance for another comeback in the bottom of the ninth but failed to bring in the winning runs. They had bases loaded with no outs and followed with a short fly out to left field and then a double-play to end the game.
 
Game 2
Robert Morris 5, Olivet Nazarene 1

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 will now face #1 Judson at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in an elimination game of the loser's bracket while Robert Morris will take on the Saint Xavier/St. Francis winner on Thursday morning.

Tournament Preview
Final weekend pushes by both Olivet Nazarene University and Purdue University North Central created for one team jumping up and the other jumping into the mix of the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament as the league announced the pairings for the six-team, double-elimination tournament late Saturday night.  The tournament begins on Tuesday (May 1) and runs through Friday (May 4) at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind.
 

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.