Game 1: Evangel 5, Missouri Baptist 4 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 4, Missouri Baptist 5 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (1-3); Missouri Baptist (1-1)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel softball team narrowly missed a sweep against Missouri Baptist walking off game one 5-4 and falling in game two 5-4 Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.
Both teams went back and forth as Missouri Baptist took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning before Arlena Armstrong homered to lead off the bottom half of the inning. The Spartans added two more runs in the fifth inning before the Crusaders picked up another run to trail 3-2.
Evangel tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Taylor Good led off the inning with a solo home run. The Crusaders were unable to rally sending the game to extra innings.
Missouri Baptist scored a run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly. However, the excitement doubled in the bottom of the eighth.
With the bases loaded Allison Davis smacked a single through the left side of the infield to score Hannah Trabucco and Caty Eby. Trabucco slid safely just ahead of the throw and beat the tag to give Evangel the walk-off victory. Trabucco and Good both finished 2-for-3 for the Crusaders.
Taylor Kister picked up her first win of the season scattering seven hits and was charged with just two of the four runs. She also added three strikeouts in the win.
The second game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning due to darkness as Evangel left runners at second and third.
Evangel rallied back after Missouri Baptist scored in each inning. Both teams scored a run in the second and the Spartans gained their edge in the fourth inning with two runs in the top of the inning. The Crusaders pushed across just one run trailing again 3-2 heading into the sixth.
Missouri Baptist added two more runs in the top of the sixth as Evangel also scored two runs. However, the Crusaders left two runners in the bottom of the inning as darkness halted the game.
Defensively, Evangel committed five errors as both teams tallied six hits each.
Abby Emmitt was handed the loss scattering four hits over five innings. She was charged with just one run while striking out two.
Evangel takes the weekend off before hosting the Double Tree Classic next weekend at the Killian Sports Complex. The tournament will welcome 12 teams to Springfield with five teams either ranked or receiving votes including No. 1 Oklahoma City. For more information, visit the tournament page here.
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