SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A walk-off home run helped the Evangel baseball team finish a sweep Friday afternoon against visiting Lincoln College, 5-4 in game two, after a 6-4 win in game one.
Lincoln would rally back in the fourth inning with an RBI double to put the Lynx on the board. The Lynx then took advantage of two hits and an Evangel error to build a 3-2 lead that would be short-lived.
The Crusaders responded in the bottom half of the inning as a pair of walks set up Grant Kosanke and Patrick Gaul to score on a wild pitch. Suiter who would reach on a dropped third strike would come home one batter later on an RBI double from Jordan Yates to give the Crusaders a 6-3 lead.
Austin Dill earned the win as he scattered four hits and allowed just two earned while striking out nine batters.
Zach Johnston pitched the final three innings of relief to earn the save striking out one and allowing just two hits.
Jordan Yates provided the late-game heroics as he belted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory.
Evangel again jumped out to an early lead in the first inning before Lincoln scored two in the third and two more runs in the fifth inning to build a 4-2 lead. However, the Crusaders clawed back with two in the bottom of the sixth inning to set up Yates walk-off home run.
Rafael Rodriguez went 2 for 3, while Grant Miller found the gap for a 2-RBI double in the first inning. Dalton Cook also doubled as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning to score one of the Crusader runs.
Levi Loughridge was also solid on the mound as he went 4.2 innings and allowed just four hits. However, three of the runs were earned and charged to Loughridge who struck out seven batters and walked just two.
Landon Taylor came on to get the final out of the fifth inning with a strikeout before pitching 1.1 innings out of the bullpen. Zach Johnston entered with two on and no outs in the top of the seventh to help keep the game tied and set up the walk-off homer.
Evangel and Lincoln finish a four-game series on Saturday with a double-header starting at noon.
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