The 19th-ranked Evangel University (EU) Crusaders swept a pair of softball games from the
Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat softball team on March 30 in Peru.
The Crusaders took the double header 3-2 and 4-0 to improve to 21-7 overall and 6-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). PSC fell to 2-2 in the HAAC and 18-13 for the season.
Game One Action
Both teams had opportunities to take over the first game, but neither really capitalized as the Crusaders left five runners on base while Peru State stranded seven.
The Bobcats took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Toni Moffatt (Morden, Manitoba, Canada) reached base on a Crusader error. Moffatt went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tesla Oldfield (Nebraska City) and then scored when Miranda Lyndes (Peyton, Colo.) singled up the middle.
Neither team scored in either the fourth or the fifth innings even though the ‘Cats had a good opportunity to do so in the bottom of the fourth.
The Crusaders took the lead in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run by Evangel’s three-time player of the week.
Peru State responded in the bottom of the inning. Emily Maresh (Central City) tripled to deep right and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2. The ‘Cats did have another base runner, but were not able to capitalize.
In the top of the seventh, Evangel scored one run and it was enough to take the first game 3-2.
Brittany Hoock (Elkhorn) went two for two to lead Peru State while Lyndes was credited for PSC’s lone RBI.
Devon Massengale (Elkhorn) pitched a complete game and took the loss. Massengale gave up just four hits, but was tagged for three runs –all earned. Massengale added two strikeouts to her team-leading total and now has a 6-3 pitching record.
Game Two Action
It was the classic pitching duel in the second game as it was scoreless through five innings. Again, the teams had opportunities to score, but could not capitalize until Evangel hung up a four-spot in the top of the sixth and it was enough to win 4-0.
Alexa Johnson (Fremont) and Hoock garnered the lone hits for PSC in the game.
Lyndsay Drumm (Bennington) pitched the first five innings and suffered the loss as she started the sixth and gave up three runs – none of which were earned. Drumm struck out two and is 3-6 on the season.
The Bobcats are scheduled to play another HAAC foe on April Fool’s Day as they host the Central Methodist University Eagles. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. for the double header.
Page 2 of 2 - On Wednesday, PSC will host a former Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) foe, the College of St. Mary. Game time for the double header is 3 p.m.
Then, on Friday, the ‘Cats will travel to Omaha to take on the NCAA Division I University of Nebraska Omaha Lady Mavs in a single game beginning at 5 p.m.
Another HAAC double header will face the Bobcats, but this time on the road on Saturday, April 7. Peru State will travel to Baldwin City, Kan., to play the Baker University Wildcats beginning at 1 p.m.