Softball sweeps Evangel in home season finale

Ravens take game one 9-8 in 10 innings, wrap up sweep with 3-2 win in game two

  • Monday, April 22, 2013

For the first time in 13 years, the Raven softball team walked off the field with a sweep over perennial HAAC favorite Evangel University on Sunday afternoon.

It took 17 innings to earn the sweep with Benedictine taking game one in 10 innings, on a walk-off two-run home run off the bat of Katie Ricklefs (Fr., Topeka) and the finishing off the sweep with a 3-2 win behind the solid pitcher performance of Mallory Goulding (Fr,. Plainfield, Ill.)

In the opener, Benedictine starter Katelyn Nill (Jr., Lenexa) matched pitch for pitch with Evangel starter Lenzie Boring through six and two-thirds innings.

Nill gave up five earned runs over her appearance while striking out four before Annie Turbyfill (Fr., Chillicothe, Mo.) threw the remaining three and one-third innings.

Evangel pulled ahead 2-0 before Ricklefs connected on a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie things up. The Crusaders answered with three more runs to pull back ahead before a three-run blast of the bat of Ricklefs in the sixth tied the game up once again.

Center fielder Briana Rombach (Jr., Washington, Mo.) added a 2 for 5 effort and drove in another run in the seventh to set up extra innings and Ricklef's walk-off effort.

Right fielder Kellie Bachkora (Fr., Lee's Summit, Mo.) added a double to round out the Ravens offensive effort.

In game two, Goulding held Evangel scoreless after the third inning which proved to be enough for the Ravens to sustain the advantage and pick up the win. Turbyfill threw a scoreless seventh inning, giving up one hit to earn the save.

Shortstop Megan Eldridge (Soph., Arvada, Colo.) went 3 for 3 at the plate driving in two of Benedictine's three runs with and belted out the Ravens fourth home run of the doubleheader.

Benedictine takes on Graceland University on Tuesday afternoon in Lamoni, Iowa, to wrap up the conference regular season. At 7-9 headed into their final doubleheader, the Ravens are currently sitting in sixth place in the HAAC standings with the top eight teams from the conference qualifying for the HAAC Postseason Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., on the first weekend in May.