SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A pair of solid pitching performances for the Evangel baseball team aided in a sweep Thursday afternoon against Bacone, 10-4, and 6-2 in non-conference action.
Derek Kennell allowed just one hit in six innings as he struck out seven to earn the win. The hit came in the top of the first inning as Kennell stayed in control the rest of the game retiring 10 straight before a one-out walk in the top of the fifth.
Evangel jumped on the Warriors early with half of its runs coming in the top of the first inning. Jose Vargas doubled to drive in Patrick Gaul who led off with a single. Vargas finished 2-for-4 as both Gaul and Vargas scored two runs each.
Dustin Hargus had a day at the plate. The catcher drove in five runs going 4-for-4 in the first game with a home run to left in the fifth.
The Crusaders added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Jordan Yates also went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs in the win.
The second game was more solid pitching and early offense for Evangel.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead with a run in each of the first two innings, the first coming on a Jose Vargas solo home run. Vargas was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored again in game two.
Bret Hoffman earned his second win of the season scattering four hits over six innings. Hoffman struck out eight and walked just three as he allowed only one run. Ben Loge picked up the save pitching the seventh.
Evangel quickly returns to action Friday at home against Kansas Wesleyan. The doubleheader is scheduled for a 12 p.m. first pitch.
For the latest information on Evangel Athletics, follow the Crusaders on Facebook at Facebook.com/EvangelAthletics or go to www.EvangelAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Go Evangel Front Row App at EvangelAthletics.com/FrontRow available on Google Play and in the App Store.