SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel baseball team saw a rally fall just short in the second game of a conference double-header Friday taking game one 3-2 before falling 6-3 in the second.
Evangel and Clarke both jumped on each other's starting pitching in the first inning scoring two runs.
The Pride scored thanks to three hits and an Evangel error to take the early 2-0 lead. However, the Crusaders came out swinging in the bottom of the inning as Jordan Yates doubled home Harrison Stevens to put Evangel on the board.
Just one batter later, Mason Baur would double home Yates to tie the game.
Evangel took the lead in the bottom of the second when Patrick Gaul picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center to score Preston Allmand. Allmand reached on a single and moved to third on a double from Rafael Rodriguez.
From there both pitchers settled in as Bret Hoffman earned the win going the distance and striking out six. Hoffman did not issue a walk and was charged with just one of the runs while scattering four hits in seven innings.
Evangel jumped on the Clarke starting pitching early in the second game when Yates doubled down the left field line to start the second inning. Mason Baur would reach on an error trying to sacrifice Yates over as he scored on the error.
Yates would score the second run for the Crusaders in the sixth to pull within 5-3.
Clarke scored three in the fourth and two runs in the top of the sixth inning before adding an insurance run in the seventh.
The Crusaders started a rally in the seventh putting two runners on, however, both were left on third and second as the final out was recorded.
Bryan Adames went three innings and allowed just one hit for Evangel but walked three and hit four. Adames also struck out five, but after an error in the fourth inning with no outs, Zach Johnston came on in relief to pitch the next three innings allowing three hits and striking out three.
Levi Loughridge pitched the seventh for the Crusaders.
Evangel continues Heart of America Athletic Conference action on Saturday against North Division foe, Mount Mercy. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.