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.
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.
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.
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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