SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A day dominated by pitchers, saw Evangel drop game one, 9-0, before rallying to win the second game, 6-5, in Heart of America Athletic Conference action.
The offense struggled for Evangel in game one as Mount Mercy starting pitcher Madelyn Irwin tossed a 5-inning perfect game. Irwin struck out four and walked none as the Mustangs gave her more than enough run support.
Mount Mercy scored four runs in the first inning to build an early lead before adding two in the third inning and three more runs in the top of the fourth. The 9-0 lead after five innings gave the Mustangs the run-rule victory.
A dazzling play in centerfield from Ashlie Marshall helped shutout a rally from Mount Mercy, giving Evangel a 6-5 victory.
After scoring a run in the top of the seventh, Marshall made a running catch in right-center and gunned down the Mustang runner trying to score. The double play ended the game and the rally.
Evangel took an early 2-0 lead when Marshall singled and scored two batters later on an RBI triple from Arlena Armstrong. Kami Holt also scored as she finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs coming later in the game.
Holt hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third to score Michelle Sheppard would lead off the inning with a double. However, Mount Mercy would tie the game up in the fifth inning with three runs on four hits and an Evangel error.
The Crusaders would again get timely hitting from Holt who doubled home Cailey Barnes and Hannah Trabucco with two outs. Evangel would hang on to a 5-3 lead until the Mustangs scored again in the top of the sixth.
Kister would earn her first save of the season entering with no outs in the seventh to shut down Mount Mercy. Abby Emmitt tossed her second consecutive solid outing going six innings and striking out seven. She held the Mustangs to just one hit and one base runner through the first four innings.
Evangel closes out its homestand Wednesday against Avila. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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