Evangel Baseball Sweeps No. 22 Central Methodist to Clinch Series Victory on Senior Day

Evangel Baseball Sweeps No. 22 Central Methodist to Clinch Series Victory on Senior Day

The Basics
Game 1: Evangel 5, #22 Central Methodist 4 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 9, #22 Central Methodist 8 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (27-26, 19-13); Central Methodist (37-12, 23-8)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Crusader Field

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A day after clinching a spot in the top six of the Heart Tournament the Evangel baseball team continued to grind sweeping No. 22 Central Methodist, 5-4, and 9-8, on Saturday afternoon.

Game One
Evangel and Central Methodist battled back and forth in game one as the Crusaders were able to outlast the Eagles. CMU scored an early run in the top of the first inning before Evangel tied the game in the bottom of the second inning.

The Eagles again started the scoring in the third inning with a run, but the Crusaders took a 5-2 lead after a two-run home run from Tanner McVey. Dustin Hargus and Gabe Franklin each added two hits in the win to pace the offense.

Seniors Dustin Eby and McVey were solid on the mound with Eby going five innings and striking out four to earn the win. McVey worked around a two-out double in the sixth before a pitching a perfect seventh for his 10th save of the season.

Game Two
The nightcap saw Evangel hold on to an early lead after an intense rally from Central Methodist in the seventh.

Evangel exploded for seven runs in the first inning and added two more runs in the third before the CMU bullpen held the Crusaders scoreless over the final three innings. However, a quartet of pitchers helped keep the Eagles in check after starter Mason Baur left in the third inning.

Bryan Adames earned the win after going 1.2 innings and allowing two hits and two runs. Camden Burns pitched two perfect innings before Austin Dill held on in the seventh.

Dylan Bradshaw and Ryan Frye recorded multiple hits as Bradshaw added a pair of RBIs. Bradshaw and Frye were joined by Patrick Gaul with an extra-base hit in the win.

Up Next
Evangel awaits the final pairings for next week's Heart Championships at US Ballpark in Ozark, Missouri. The Crusaders should likely be the fifth seed and play at 1 p.m. on Thursday. For complete tournament and postseason information click here.

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