FAYETTE, Mo. – Play back-to-back Heart doubleheaders for the first time this season, the Raven Softball team exploded for 10 runs in their opener against No. 20 Central Methodist on Sunday before the Eagles were able salvage a split in a pitcher's dual in game two.
Benedictine (11-8, 3-3 Heart) scored 10 runs off 12 hits as they earned a 10-4 win over CMU (11-7-1, 2-2 Heart) in game one. The two teams combined for just eight hits in the second game as CMU earned a 2-1 win to salvage the split.
Benedictine broke open game with a five-run fifth inning and never looked back. Nikki McNeil earned the win, giving up four runs off six innings over seven innings.
Of the Ravens 12 hits, four where for extra bases as Courtney Parker recorded a pair of doubles while Molly Chevalier and Sarah Methvin each added a home run. Chevalier finished with two hits and four RBIs while Parker and Methvin finished with two RBIs each. Alex Burris, Lindsey Profitt and Melanie Bruan added two hits each with Burris adding a RBI.
In game two, Benedictine scored a run in the top fo the first and that was all the runs for either team until a two-run six for CMU.
Alex Gilham suffered the loss, limiting the Eagles to just two runs off six hits with six strikeouts over six innings. CMU's Alexis Kohrs threw a two-hitter in the win, holding Benedictine's bats down while recording nine strikeouts.
Profitt recorded both hits for the Ravens in the loss driving in Burris for the Ravens lone run.
Benedictine remains on the road for their next three doubleheaders, first up, a trip to Kansas City, Mo., to take on Avila University at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. They then travel to Oskaloosa, Iowa, for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping up the week at No. 17 Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday at 1 p.m.