Game 1: Evangel 0, Oklahoma Wesleyan 9 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 5, Oklahoma Wesleyan 13 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (4-10); Oklahoma Wesleyan (10-10)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Killian Softball Complex
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two big innings for visiting Oklahoma Wesleyan pushed the Eagles past the Evangel softball team, 9-0 and 13-5 Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at the Killian Softball Complex.
Game one saw a pitcher's duel through the first 3.2 innings before Oklahoma Wesleyan broke the game open with a seven run fourth. Five of the seven runs came with two outs and just two were earned in the inning.
Jenna Halbrook pitched the first 3.1 innings walking two and striking out four before a home run ended her start. Taylor Kister was unable to get out of the inning before Bridget Rippe pitched the final 1.1 innings.
Hannah Trabucco recorded the only hit for Evangel as the Eagles pitcher, Ashleigh Capps walked just one and struck out four.
Oklahoma Wesleyan scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game via run rule.
A late rally for Evangel fell short in game two after Oklahoma Wesleyan tied the game in the top of the third inning. The Eagles took a 7-1 lead in the fourth inning after scoring six runs on five.
However, the Crusaders chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after a sacrifice fly from Kami Holt scored Hannah Trabucco. A two-out RBI single from Allison Davis scored Michelle Sheppard to pull the Crusaders within 7-3.
After holding Oklahoma Wesleyan without a run in the sixth Evangel score two more runs on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. Caty Eby scored her second run of the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly as she went 1-for-2 in the game.
Arlena Armstrong finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as Evangel left eight on base in the loss.
Abby Emmitt pitched the first 3.1 innings allowing four hits and three walks while adding three strikeouts. Bridget Rippe pitched 2.2 innings as all four runs scored were unearned, before Jenna Halbrook tossed the final two outs.
Oklahoma Wesleyan put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with six more runs to extend the lead to 13-5.
Evangel returns to conference action Friday and Saturday against Baker and Benedictine. First pitch from Crusader Field against the Wildcats is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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