SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel softball team stumbled Friday afternoon with a pair of setbacks to Kansas Wesleyan, 7-5 in extra innings, before a 9-1 loss in the second game.
Evangel battled back and forth with Kansas Wesleyan pushing the game to a 2-2 tie after runs in the second and third innings.
Both teams pushed three runs across in the sixth before a scoreless seventh inning sent the game to extras tied 5-5. Kansas Wesleyan led off the eighth with a triple to score the international tiebreaker runner before added another run for a 7-5 win.
The Crusaders struggled to find offense in the second game as the Coyotes out-hit Evangel 12-5.
Abby Emmitt, Taylor Mathis, and Josie Allcock all saw time in the circle as Allcock pitched two innings of relief allowing just two hits and no runs. Mathis added three strikeouts in two innings of relief as well.
Kansas Wesleyan answered the Crusaders' only run from the bottom of the first with an eight-run second inning. The Coyotes added a run in the third as the lead stayed at eight runs giving the visitors a run-rule victory.
Evangel is scheduled to travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan Saturday for a double-header in Bartlesville, Okla. First pitch is scheduled for 1p .m.