Game 1: Evangel 6, William Penn 2 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 5, William Penn 0 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (20-30, 16-22); William Penn (13-38, 7-28)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel softball managed to keep its postseason hopes alive with a sweep of William Penn, 6-2 and 5-0, on Saturday afternoon.
Evangel jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in game one taking advantage of a William Penn error and adding three hits in the first inning. The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-1 lead.
Allison Davis, Arlena Armstrong, and Megan Tiede hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to start the fourth inning. Lauren Chambers singled home Tiede to give Evangel the 6-1 lead in the fourth inning before holding the Statesmen to a single run in the top of the seventh.
Chambers finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Taylor Good, Davis and Armstrong each tallied two hits.
Bridget Rippe earned the win to improve to 6-8 on the season allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings. Just one of the runs were earned as she struck out three and walked none in the victory.
Another solid pitching performance helped Evangel shutout William Penn, 5-0, in game two.
Abby Emmitt allowed just three hits and struck out a season-high 15 batters. It was her first shutout of the season as she won her ninth game of her freshman season.
Evangel scored three runs in the third inning and added two more in the fifth inning to build its lead.
The regular season for the Heart softball season ends on Sunday. Evangel still needs help to earn a spot in next weekend's postseason tournament. Tournament action begins Wednesday at the Killian Softball Complex in Springfield with the championship awarding one of the league's NAIA bids on Saturday, May 5. Tournament Central can be found here.
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