Game 1: Evangel 8, Central Methodist 7
Game 2: Evangel 12, Central Methodist 11
Records: Evangel (25-13, 19-7 Heart); Central Methodist (21-17, 12-10 Heart)
Location: Springfield, Mo. – Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A flair for the dramatic, the Evangel softball team walked off Central Methodist twice on Tuesday afternoon, 8-7 and 12-11 in a Heart of America double-header.
Senior Megan Washam played a part in the last inning wins as she laced a double to left to score Cassidy Gillihan for the game-winner. The wins for Evangel were also the first against Central Methodist since the 2010 season.
Central Methodist had taken the lead in the top of the seventh before Jackie Hoffmeier reached on an error setting the way for the fifth consecutive win for Evangel.
A sacrifice bunt by Michelle Sheppard moved Hoffmeier to second before scoring one batter later on a stand-up triple from Gillihan. Washam finished 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored while Taylor Kister finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Central Methodist out-hit Evangel 11-7 as starter Michaela Tolliver allowed just three earned runs over six innings. Tolliver earned the no-decision after walking none and striking out three before Kyra Parker pitched the seventh.
Parker allowed one hit and one run in the inning but earned the win as Evangel rallied in the bottom of the seventh.
Another slugfest ensued in game two as Evangel out-hit Central Methodist 13-12. Central Methodist scored four runs in the top of the first inning before the Crusaders answered with five in the bottom of the second to take a 7-6 lead.
The only inning neither team managed a run was the fifth inning as CMU left the bases loaded and the Crusaders went down in order.
The Eagles again tied the game 11-11 in the top of the sixth before Megan Washam scored from third on a wild pitch. Washam finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and 3 RBIs in the second game.
Kiara Carrier homered as she also finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Gillihan added four RBIs after going 2-for-3 in the second game as well.
Evangel is back in action Wednesday with a quick turnaround against MidAmerican Nazarene. First pitch from Crusader Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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