SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel baseball team continued its win streak Saturday with a pair of walk-off wins 13-12 and 6-5 to sweep Grand View.
A wild first game saw both teams combine for 27 hits and 25 runs as Evangel edged Grand View 13-12.
The Crusaders took a 6-0 lead into the third inning before the Vikings got on the board with two runs. However, Grand View used a five-run inning of its own in the fifth to pull within two runs before taking a 12-10 lead into the bottom of the inning.
The bottom of the seventh heroics belonged to Dalton Cook who belted a double to center to clear the bases. Nathan Lamb, Patrick Gaul, and Noah Suiter had loaded the bases to set up Cook's heroics as the Evangel catcher finished 3 for 5 in the win.
Gaul helped lead Evangel as he was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. The senior centerfielder finished 5 for 5, with five runs scored and three RBIs, which included a single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Zach Johnston earned the win after pitching the final two innings and allowing just one hit and two strikeouts. Starter Hunter Hancock earned a no-decision after scattering nine hits and allowing nine runs, eight of which were earned. Hancock also struck out five before leaving in the fifth inning.
Needing more late-game heroics in game two, the winning run came across in extra innings for the Crusaders.
Evangel rallied back in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead before adding two more runs in the fifth inning.
Jordan Yates belted a pair of home runs, including a 2-run shot in the fifth giving the Crusaders a 5-2 lead. Yates finished 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs in the win.
After Grand View tied the game in the top of the seventh, Nathan Lamb singled home Stephen Belcher who led off the inning with a walk. Belcher was responsible for the game-winning run on Friday against William Penn.
Starter Austin Dill earned a no-decision after going 6.1 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Dill had a bend but don't break outing as he was charged with four of the five Grand View runs.
Sam Tiller entered in the seventh inning, going 1.2 innings to earn his second win in two days. Tiller allowed just one hit and one strikeout out of the bullpen.
Evangel makes its first conference road trip north on Friday at Clarke and Saturday at Culver-Stockton.
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