Softball Stumbles at Central Methodist

Softball Stumbles at Central Methodist

The Basics

Game 1: Evangel 2, Central Methodist 5

Game 2: Evangel 1, Central Methodist 3

Records: Evangel (27-17, 21-11 Heart); Central Methodist (23-19, 14-12 Heart)

Location: Fayette, Mo. – Cox Softball Complex

FAYETTE, Mo. – The Evangel University softball team dropped a pair of Heart of America games, 5-2 and 3-1, at Central Methodist Saturday afternoon.

The Crusaders were swept in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Central Methodist was able to take an early 2-0 lead and added a run in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fourth. Evangel left nine on bases including the bases loaded in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh.

The only runs in game one came for Evangel on a Cassidy Gillihan single in the seventh to score Jilian Belieu and followed by an error on the Eagles' third baseman. Michelle Sheppard scored on the error before the Crusader rallied ended.

Gillihan finished 2-for-4 as Megan Washam and Sheppard tallied the only other hits for Evangel.

Michaela Tolliver scattered eight hits and was charged with just three of the five CMU runs. She did not allow a walk and struck out two.

Evangel jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one, but Central Methodist tied it with a run in the second inning. Both teams were held scoreless over the next five innings as the Eagles' Hannah Steeby hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth for a walk-off victory.

Kyra Parker was tabbed with the loss as she was responsible for all three runs after allowing just five hits. Parker also struck out seven hitters as she ways one shy of her season-high.

Kiara Carrier finished 2-for-3 while Caitlin Buckalew recorded the only RBI for the Crusaders after walking with the bases loaded to score Gillihan and effectively chasing the Eagles' starter.

Ashley Litton pitched the final 7.2 innings for CMU and allowed just four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Litton earned the win as starter Alexis Kohrs did not make it out of the first inning.

Evangel finishes its road swing Tuesday at Avila in Kansas City. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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