Game 1: Evangel 7, MidAmerica Nazarene 0
Game 2: Evangel 7, MidAmerica Nazarene 4
Records: Evangel (27-13, 21-7 Heart); MidAmerica Nazarene (21-17, 12-13 Heart)
Location: Springfield, Mo. – Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Solid pitching performances from seniors Michaela Tolliver and Kyra Parker helped Evangel softball to a sweep of MidAmerica Nazarene with 7-0 and 7-4 victories on Wednesday afternoon.
The Crusaders improved to 21-7 in conference play and now hold a 3.5 game lead over Avila for first place in the South Division. Evangel has won seven straight games giving the team is a second-longest winning streak of the season after nine-straight in March and April.
Tolliver tossed a three-hit shutout in game one as she won her 11th game of the season. She allowed no walks and struck out four while winning her 48th career game for Evangel and moving into third all-time in wins.
All the runs for Evangel came in the bottom of the second inning scoring seven runs on five hits. Caitlin Buckalew led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Allison Davis.
Caty Eby scored Buckalew on a RBI single and was followed by a single from Jackie Hoffmeier. After a sac fly from Michelle Sheppard to score Taylor Kister, Cassidy Gillihan walked to load the bases. Megan Washam singled to center scoring both Eby and Hoffmeier for her only hit of the game.
One batter later the Crusaders would load the bases with a walk by Kiara Carrier. Clearing the bases, Caitlin Buckalew doubled in the gap but was thrown out at third to end the inning. Both teams were held scoreless over the final five innings in the Evangel win.
In the second game, Kyra Parker was able to scatter eight hits over seven innings for her 14th win of the season. Parker allowed just two earned runs and no walks while also striking out two.
The Pioneers took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Evangel would cut the lead to one in the bottom of the second after adding a run in the bottom of the first. However, MNU pushed its lead to 4-2 in the third inning which held until the Crusaders scored three runs on five hits in the fourth.
Evangel added two insurance runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead as Parker held the Pioneers scoreless over the final four innings of the game.
Lauren Chambers finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Hoffmeier, Eby, Washam and Carrier all tallied two hits each.
Evangel makes its final South Division road swing Friday and Saturday at Missouri Valley and Central Methodist before a mid-week matchup at Avila. First pitch each game is scheduled for 2 p.m.