The Bearcats were back in action on Saturday with games against Huntington University and Judson University, as part of a three-way dance. In the first game of the day, Judson took on Huntington and rolled to a 9-3 win.
In game 2, Brescia met Huntington with a chance to sweep their weekend series, but it was Huntington that was able to strike first with an RBI single by Brock Gower in the top of the second. The Bearcats evened things up in the third when Cody Morris scored on a ground ball double play by Brady Reese. In the fourth inning the Bearcats jumped out to a 4-1 lead when Christian McHatton's second double of the day scored two and Logan Rascoe's sacrifice fly scored McHatton from third. That's where the score would stay until the top of the sixth when Blake Ayers RBI triple plated a run for Huntington cutting the Bearcats lead to 4-2. In the bottom half of the sixth Morris reached with one out on a hit by pitch and Rascoe singled to set up a two run single by Tim Adams to push the Bearcats lead to four. Two batters later Nate Crocker delivered a two run homerun to put the game out of Huntington's reach.
Starting Pitcher Zach McLean picked up the win with six innings of six hit, two run baseball. For McLean this was his third straight day on the mound after picking up saves on Thursday against Kentucky Wesleyan College and against Huntington in the nightcap on Friday. McLean had also picked up a save on Monday against Dakota State University. For the week, McLean worked nine innings allowing two earned runs and striking out seven, while earning a win and three saves.
WP-McLean (1-1) LP-Walters
3B-Ayers (HU), McHatton 2 (BU)
HR-Crocker (BU) SB-Reese (BU)
In the final game of the day, the Bearcats took on 25th ranked Judson, who struck in the top half of the first when Cameron Balough plated Mark DeYoung with an RBI single. It didn't take long for the Bearcats to answer, as lead-off man Nate Crocker delivered his second homerun of the day to tie the score at one. The Bearcats didn't stop there, as Logan Rascoe plated Alex Hegge with an RBI single and Vin Barbato delivered a two run single to give the Bearcats and ealry 4-1 lead. Judson was able to get one back in the top of the third when DeYoung hit a long homerun to right, but again it was Crocker with an answer as he delivered his second homerun of the game and third of the day in the fourth. Judson, however wasn't about to go away. After a lead-off single by Luke Rojas, Nick Norris hit an RBI triple to make it a 5-3 game and scored on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Amann to cut the lead to one. After DeYoung and Balough singled to put the tying and go ahead runs on base, the Bearcats turned to Drew Shoulders out of the bullpen. Shoulders who earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of relief in the first game Friday, got a strikeout to escape the jam and preserve the one run lead. Judson again threatened in the top of the sixth when Craig Lipp double and Rojas singled with one out. Shoulders again was able to dance out of danger with a strike out and a fly ball to end the inning. Shoulders was then able to retire the side in the seventh to give the Bearcats the 5-4 win.
WP-Morris (2-1) LP-Rivera SV-Shoulders (1)
2B-DeYoung, Lipp (JU) 3B-Norris (JU)
HR-DeYoung (JU), Crocker 2 (BU) SB-Crocker(BU)