KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Raven Softball team opened up a six-game road swing on Tuesday with a trip to Avila University to take on the Heart South leading Eagles.
Benedictine (12-9, 3-3 Heart) took the opener 8-6 before Avila (15-9, 6-2 Heart) rallied to take game two, 10-2.
In game one, Nikki McNeil threw the first five and two-thirds inside the circle for the Ravens to earn the win. She gave up four earned runs off seven hits with five strikeouts. Alex Gilham finished off the final inning and one-third, giving up an addition run off two hits to earn the save.
At the plate, the Ravens scored their eight runs off eight hits against two Avila pitchers. Lindsey Profitt, Chris Flucke and McNeil finished with two hits each with Flucke and McNeil driving in two runs each. Sarah Methvin and McNeil rounded out the Raven offense with a home run each in the two-run win.
In game two, the Eagles jumped on the Ravens with a six-run first inning and never looked back.
Gilham earned the start but only went the first third of a inning before she was relieved by Lauren Berry.
At the plate, the Ravens were limited to just six hits. Molly Chevalier recorded a solo home run in the loss for the Ravens only extra base hit.
Benedictine remains on the road Saturday traveling to Oskaloosa, Iowa, to take on William Penn Univeristy at 1 p.m.