Game 1: Evangel 11, Graceland 8
Game 2: Evangel 7, Graceland 1
Records: Evangel (18-21; 8-17), Graceland (6-31; 3-24)
Location: Lamoni, Iowa | Chase Stadium
LAMONI, Iowa – Evangel baseball sees its offense explode in a sweep over Graceland, winning game one 11-8 and game two 7-1.
The Crusaders scored one run in the top of the first off a Jose Vargas single and never looked back. The Yellowjackets tied the game in the bottom of the second, but the Crusaders responded in the top of the third to retake the lead after Patrick Gaul scored on an error by the Yellowjacket shortstop.
The Crusaders then exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Harrison Stevens started the scoring with a 3 RBI double, then Vargas doubled to score Stevens. A few batters later, the Crusaders had the bases-loaded and the pitcher was called for a balk, which allowed Vargas to score from third. Graceland got a run back in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 7-2.
In the fifth, the Crusaders tacked on three more runs. Preston Allmand scored after Gaul reached first via an error. Then Jason Jarrell scored after Vargas grounded-out. Finally, Gaul scored after Jordan Yates singled to third. Again, Graceland would score a run in the bottom half of the inning, bringing the score to 10-3.
Graceland would score another run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Crusaders would get it back in the top of the seventh when Gaul scored after Yates' sac fly. Graceland would rally in the bottom of the seventh by scoring four runs, but the Crusaders brought in Austin Dill to pitch with one out, and he got a double play to end the game with a final of 11-8.
Gaul went 3-5 in the game with one RBI. Stevens and Vargas both had three RBI, while Yates had two.
Bret Hoffman pitched 6.0 innings giving up three earned runs off eight hits, striking out one and walking two. Collin Irvine pitched 0.1 inning giving up two earned runs off one hit and walking two. Tyler Collison started the seventh inning and faced two batters and gave up two hits. Austin Dill finished the game and faced one batter and induced the game-ending double play.
Again, the Crusaders struck early by scoring one run in the first after Stevens scored on Yate's RBI single. They scored another run in the third when Gaul scored on Vargas' sac fly.
The Crusaders scored twice in the fifth. First when Yates hit a solo home run, then when Allmand hit an RBI double to score Alvarez. Graceland would score their only run in the bottom of the fifth.
Finally, the Crusaders plated three in the sixth to bring their final total to 7-1. Vargas hit a 2 RBI double and then Yates hit a sac fly to score Vargas.
Yates went 3-3 with three RBI. Alvarez went 3-4 and Suiter went 2-3.
Ben Loge pitched a complete game giving up one run off seven hits, striking out ten and walking two.
Evangel will finish the regular season tomorrow with a double-header at Peru State in Peru, Neb. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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