SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel offense erupted Tuesday afternoon for a pair of run-rule victories, 9-0 and 13-0 at Stephens College in non-conference action.
Evangel opened the first game with a seven-run first inning on six hits and no errors. The Crusaders were held scoreless until the fourth inning when Lauren Chambers and Arlena Armstrong both singled home a run.
Chambers finished 3-for-3 with three RBI while Kami Holt, Taylor Good and Hannah Trabucco each recorded two hits each. Holt also hit the first home run of her collegiate career as the Republic, Mo., native added two RBI.
The Crusaders scored in each of the first four innings in game two breaking the game open with six runs in the first inning. However, freshman Jenna Halbrook was just two hits shy of a perfect game with the first coming in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Halbrook walked none and struck out five in her first collegiate start in the circle. The second hit came in the bottom of the fifth inning and was erased by a game-ending double play as she faced just one over the minimum in the run-rule victory.
The offense helped support Halbrook, scoring 13 runs and pounding out 16 hits. Five Crusaders tallied extra-base hits including triples from Kami Holt and A.J. Carpenter. Six players recorded multiple hits as well with Michelle Sheppard and Allison Davis adding two and four RBI in the win.
Evangel returns home to host Williams Baptist on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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