Game 1: Evangel 8, Culver-Stockton 4
Game 2: Evangel 8, Culver-Stockton 0 (5 innings)
Records: Evangel (23-13, 17-7Heart); Culver-Stockton (17-17, 10-13 Heart)
Location: Springfield, Mo. – Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel softball team rolled to a double-header sweep Friday afternoon winning game one 8-4, before an 8-0 run-rule victory in game two over Culver-Stockton in conference play.
The Crusaders continue to play well at home improving to 13-1 at home and have won 13 straight. The last loss for Evangel at home came on Feb. 17 in the first game of the season opener to No. 9-ranked Morningside College.
In game one Evangel was able to rally back with a six-run fifth inning to knock off Culver-Stockton, 8-4. The Crusaders out-hit the Wildcats 11-9 as Kiara Carrier finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double.
Caty Eby also had a pair of hits and two RBIs and Megan Washam and Caitlin Buckalew each tallied two hits as well. Washam tripled in the first inning for her fifth of the season and 15th of her career to move her two away from the all-time record. Aimee Mann (1996-99) holds the triples career record with 17.
Michaela Tolliver was able to work out of jams in the third, fourth and fifth inning to win her 10th game of the season. Tolliver also struck out three as she matches Amy Hiatte (1999-02) for the third-most wins all-time at Evangel. Wendy Niebuhr (2002-05) holds the record with 58 wins followed by Kimberly Williams (2006-09) with 57.
In game two, Evangel again opened the game with an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth to put the game away via run rule, 8-0.
Caitlin Buckalew hit a pair of triples to finish 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Washam, Carrier, and Lauren Chambers all added extra base hits as Washam finished 3-for3 with a pair of RBIs as well.
In addition to out-hitting Culver-Stockton 10-4, Evangel also stole five bases in the win with two from Washam and Sheppard and one by Gillihan. The two by Sheppard give her 23 on the season as she equals her mark from last year and seventh-best in a single season.
Kyra Parker allowed just four hits to improve to 12-6 on the season. She added four strikeouts with one walk in the shutout victory.
Evangel hosts Central Methodist Tuesday in a make-up game from earlier this season. First pitch at Crusader Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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