The Judson University baseball team battled to the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Saturday but fell short, losing to No. 1 seed York College (Neb.) 4-3.
The Eagles (46-17) rallied to beat Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-3 in 10 innings in their first game of the day, a win that put Judson in the position of having to beat York twice, once Saturday and then again Monday, to advance to the NAIA World Series.
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Mark DeYoung's double drove in Josh Raymond with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th against Cumberland. Raymond, who had led off the inning with a single, was 2-for-4 in the win, while Tony Rallo went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run for the Eagles. DeYoung also had 3 hits with 2 RBI.
Ryan Kendall picked up the win for Judson with 1 inning of relief. Andrew Bergman went the first 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 earned runs, and Ryan Perez went 3 innings and allowed 1 earned run and 5 hits.
Judson then led York 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning but gave up 3 runs and saw its season come to an end.
Rallo was 3-for-4 for the Eagles with another home run and 2 RBI, DeYoung drove in a run and Cameron Balough had a double.
Craig Lipp (9-3) took the loss for the Eagles.