Game 1: Evangel 6, Central Methodist 7 | Box Score
Game 2: Evangel 3, Central Methodist 6 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (17-27, 13-19); Central Methodist (30-6, 20-4)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Crusader Field
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Late rallies fall short for Evangel softball Saturday as No. 17 Central Methodist took two with a 7-6 win in game one and a 6-3 win in game two of the Heart double-header.
A big inning from Central Methodist put the Eagles on top 6-2 before Evangel started its comeback. The Crusaders scored a run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead in half.
Evangel rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6. The top of the Evangel lineup saw Michelle Sheppard, Alex Jackson, and Lauren Chambers each finish with two hits. Kami Holt had two RBIs in the loss.
Central Methodist rallied back in the top of the seventh inning to score a run after leaving the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Erin Enke pitched a complete game for CMU striking out eight to earn the win.
Taylor Kister came on in relief to pitch the final 4.1 innings allowing just three hits and one run. However, she was charged with the loss as the Eagles pushed the game-winning run across the plate in the seventh.
Bridget Rippe pitched 2.2 innings and struck out two and walked one in a no-decision.
A pair of late home runs helped push Central Methodist past Evangel in the second game of the Heart South Division double-header.
Evangel jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and lead through the first four innings. However, a four-run fifth inning helped the Eagles take a lead they would not relinquish.
Abby Emmitt tossed another solid game going 5.2 innings and allowed just five hits but all six runs were earned. She added nine strikeouts to her season total of 112 are 16th most in a single-season for an Evangel pitcher.
Evangel heads back on the road Tuesday to Kansas City to face Avila in a Heart South Division double-header.
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