The Culver-Stockton College softball team swept Avila University on last Sunday afternoon to raise its Heart of America Athletic Conference record to 10-8 and improve to 19-22 overall.
Senior second baseman Jackie Clark played a major role in both games for the Wildcats, scoring both runs in a 2-1 victory in the opener, and then hitting a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning of the nightcap to lift the Wildcats to a 6-4 victory.
Clark finished the day 5-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBI to lead the suddenly potent Wildcat offense. Cassie Fischer went 4-for-6 with a run scored and a RBI, and Danielle Kaltmayer was 3-for-5 in the second game. Carley Thurston went 2-for-3 and had a RBI in the opener.
Sara Eggleston scattered five hits and struck out four in the first game to improve to 9-11 on the season. Eggleston also started the second game and pitched 7 1/3 innings before being relieved by Katie Thomas. Thomas picked up the win to improve to 6-5 on the season.
The day before, C-SC split a conference doubleheader with Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.
The Wildcats dropped the first game 2-1 as the Crusaders plated a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim victory.
However, in the nightcap, back-to-back doubles by Fischer and Kaltmayer, and a RBI single by Clark led to a 3-run third inning and the Wildcats held on for a 3-2 victory.
Clark was 2-for-3 and Melissa Goehl was 2-for-2 to lead the offense. Eggleston, who started both games, picked up the victory in game two, while Thomas recorded her second save of the season.
On Thursday, April 24, C-SC split a conference twinbill with Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., winning the opener 6-1 before falling in the second game 7-6.
Katelin Goddard was the catalyst in the game one victory, recording three hits and scoring three runs. Kaltmayer netted two hits and two RBI, while Clark also had two hits for the winners.
C-SC began the week by dropping a doubleheader to William Jewell College at the Cotton Bowl in Canton by the scores of 3-0 and 7-2.
The Wildcats were held scoreless for the first 13 innings that day before plating two runs in the seventh inning of game two. Thurston and Goehl had two hits in the second game, while Danielle Wilson recorded two hits in the first game.
C-SC will participate in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend, May 2-3, in Springfield, Mo.