Game 1: Evangel 4, Missouri Valley 5
Game 2: Evangel 0, Missouri Valley 4
Records: Evangel (27-15, 21-9 Heart); Missouri Valley (25-19, 15-15 Heart)
Location: Marshall, Mo. – Indian Foothills Park
MARSHALL, Mo. – Early miscues were too much for the Evangel softball team to overcome Friday, as a seven-game win streak came to an end at Missouri Valley with a 5-4 and 4-0 sweep.
The Crusaders had won seven straight games before Friday's sweep. It was also just the third time this season Evangel had been swept, as all three have come on the road.
In game one, the Crusaders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. However, Missouri Valley rallied with four runs in the second inning to regain the lead. The Vikings added what proved to be a needed insurance run in the fourth inning as the Crusaders pushed one run across in the top of the seventh.
Evangel left nine runners on base after out-hitting Missouri Valley 12-10. Kiara Carrier belted a 3-run home run in the first for her seventh home run of the season while giving her 22 for her career and ranks fourth all-time.
Allison Davis finished 3-for-4 while Megan Washam and Michelle Sheppard each finished with two hits. Washam tripled in the seventh and scored a run for her seventh of the season and 17th of her career tying her with Aimee Mann (1996-99) for most triples in a career. She is also third with her seven triples this season and just one shy of the single-season record of eight held by Aimee Mann (1996) and Kris Harbour (1991).
Michaela Tolliver fell to 11-8 on the season after walking just one and striking out three.
In game two, the Crusaders were shutout despite a stellar pitching performance by Kyra Parker. Parker no-hit Missouri Valley through 4.1 innings before a single to left center in the fifth gave the Vikings their first hit and a 3-0 lead.
Missouri Valley would add another run in the inning to take a 4-0 lead after three errors in the bottom of the second gave the Vikings an initial lead.
Offensively, Evangel out-hit Missouri Valley, 9-1, and led by Washam who finished 3-for-4. All but two of the starting nine finished with a hit including Lauren Chambers who doubled in the second for the only extra-base hit of the game.
Parker did not allow an earned run as she walked two and struck out two in the loss. Mackenzie Hombs got the win for Missouri Valley after scattering nine hits over seven shutout innings.
Evangel continues its road swing through central Missouri Saturday against Central Methodist. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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