BALDWIN CITY, Kan. -- The Evangel softball team held off 17th-ranked Baker 4-3 to help propel head coach Jay Halbrook to his 100th win at Evangel after falling in game one.
Evangel saw a six-run second inning prove to be too much to overcome as Baker held on for a 9-0 run-rule victory.
Evangel saw its first of three hits against the all-American pitcher from Baker in the third inning when Jenna Halbrook singled. She was caught stealing to end the inning as the Crusaders came up empty on the scoreboard.
The scoring started with an RBI single from Lange in the top of the first inning. Lange scored Sheppard and Noble to lead 2-0.
Abby Emmitt got the win going seven innings and scattering seven hits by the Wildcats. She allowed just three runs including leaving a runner stranded in the bottom of the seventh.
Evangel makes a quick return home to host Benedictine Saturday in Heart South Division action. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.