The Raven Softball team kept Mother Nature at bay long enough on Tuesday to pick up their second straight sweep in conference play as they took two over Missouri Valley College at the BC Softball Field.
Benedictine (17-10, 9-5 Heart) needed just five innings to earn a 8-0 win in game one and then rallied with a three-run sixth inning in game two to earn a 6-5 win.
Missouri Valley (10-13, 4-10 Heart) was unable to find an answer for Nikki McNeil inside the circle on Tuesday. Not only did McNeil earn a two-hit shutout win in the opener, she also threw the final two and two-thirds of game two where she held the Vikings scoreless off five hits.
In the opener, McNeil was perfect through two innings and despite giving up her first hit in the third, finished the inning still facing the minimum. It wasn't until the fifth inning when McNeil finally faced more than four batters, but a tag out by Courtney Parker on a Viking runner attempt to score after a wild pitch left the fourth batter standing at the plate as the inning ended.
The Ravens scored their eight runs off nine hits against two Vikings' pitchers. Mel Braun, Chris Flucke and Molly Chevalier each recorded a double. Bruan recorded three RBIs while Flucke and Chevalier added two each – Chevalier's two RBIs came in the fifth inning to give the Ravens the run-rule win. Lindsey Profitt also added two hits with two runs scored to round out the Ravens offensive effort.
Alex Gilham earned the start inside the circle in game two. She threw into the fifth inning before she was relieved by McNeil.
Trailing 2-1 headed into the fourth, the Ravens tied the game up on a solo home from Sarah Methvin which was followed up by a delay due to the the Missouri Valley pitcher complaining about the ball being too wet to throw as the rain began to move in.
Thanks to the efforts of head coach Dana Goss and her assistant coach Russ Ensor to get the field playable in the first place, the field was able to withstand the rain that moved through and play resumed.
The Vikings pulled back in front with a three-run fifth before the Ravens rallied to score four unanswered to earn the win.
Benedictine's comeback was capped off by a two RBI double off the bat of Parker that proved to be the game-winning hit as McNeil worked around a pair of singles in the seventh to earn the one-run win.
Methvin finished game two with three hits and two RBIs while Parker finished with two hits.
The Ravens return to the road this weekend with a trip back up into Iowa. They travel to Cedar Rapids on Saturday for a doubleheader with Mount Mercy University before traveling to Dubuque for a doubleheader on Sunday against Clarke University. They are currently scheduled to return to the BC Softball Field on April 19 but four conference doubleheaders that still need to be rescheduled from earlier in the season. Be sure to visit www.ravenathletics.com for schedule updates.