Score: Evangel 7, (RV) Grand View 8
Records: Evangel (14-16; 5-13); (RV) Grand View (18-7; 10-6)
Location: Atchison, Kan.
ATCHISON, Kan. – The Evangel baseball team saw it's early lead diminish and wound up falling short to (RV) Benedictine, 8-7, in thirteen innings.
The Crusaders scored in the first inning off an RBI single from Jordan Yates. In the next inning, the Crusaders added to their lead off an RBI fielder's choice from Noah Suiter. The Ravens were able to get one back in the bottom of the second. They were able to tie the game in the bottom of the third.
The Ravens then went on to plate two more runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Crusades responded by scoring a run in the top of the fifth off an RBI sac fly by Harrison Stevens. Unfortunately, the Ravens scores two more runs in the bottom half of the fifth to extend their lead to 6-3.
In the sixth inning, the Crusaders plated two to come within one of the Ravens after Jarrell hit an RBI sac fly and Rafael Rodriguez hit an RBI single. The Crusaders tied the game in the top of the seventh after an RBI groundout by Mason Baur, only to have the Raven retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning, 7-6.
The Crusaders once again tied the game at 7 in the top of the ninth after Baur hit an RBI sac fly, this was enough to force extra innings.
The teams played until the Ravens walked it off in the bottom of the twelfth.
Jose Vargas was 2-3 on the day with two hits and two walks.
Bret Hoffman pitched 4.0 innings, giving up four runs off eight hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.
Austin Dill pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three runs off six hits, with five strikeouts and one walk.
Levi Loughridge was credited with the loss and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up one run off five hits, and striking out eight.
Evangel will play a doubleheader against Benedictine on Saturday, April 13 in Atchison, Kan. starting at noon.
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