Oklahoma City, OK – After being outscored 24-6 by Mid America Christian University in two games on Friday, the Central Christian College softball ladies, looked like a different team against the Evangels on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the results weren't any different, but there were quite a few positives to take away despite coming out on the wrong end of the score. In the opening game of the day, the Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the final half inning, but couldn't close out the game. The Evangels scored three runs to walk off with a 4-3 victory.
Kasi Kraus was in the circle for the Tigers in game one, pitching a complete game and allowing four runs on nine hits. Kraus also helped out her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Jessica Aldana also had a multi-hit game for the Tigers. She had a pair of singles in four trips to the plate, with a run scored.
Game two was all about defense for both teams. The MACU starting pitcher, Regan Martin, was dealing. She no hit the Tigers, facing just 24 hitters with eight strikeouts, and three walks. It was her second no hitter in the past eight days. Cheyann Sales was nearly as good in the circle for the Tigers. She pitched a complete game, allowing two runs to the Evangels on five hits.
The game was scoreless through the first 5 ½ innings. The Evangels finally broke the stalemate with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Those two runs were enough as Martin shut down the Tigers in the top of the seventh to secure the sweep for the Evangels.
"Today we were a different team," said Central head coach Aaron Annis. "We played well in both games and never gave up. Our defense made plays and our pitchers were hitting their spots."
The Tigers have back to back home series this upcoming week. They host Sterling College on Wednesday, and follow that up with a doubleheader on Thursday against crosstown rival McPherson College.