ADA – In the first of two Great American Conference double headers against Southeastern Oklahoma State, the East Central University softball team split the games. ECU picked up a 3-1 win in the opener and then fell 4-6 in a lightening delayed game two.
The Tigers (20-18, 11-15 GAC) rebounded from the weekend where hits were limited, to hit .321 as a team. Three members of the team hit .500 or over, with sophomore Ellanee Allison leading the group with a .571 mark, four hits, two runs, a home run and an RBI.
Senior Kelbie Crelia earned the win in the circle, throwing a complete game, allowing two hits and one run and striking out one.
ECU will remain at home for the weekend, hosting league-leading Harding, April 7-8 at Tiger Field.
ECU 3, Southeastern 1
The Savage Storm (15-19, 9-15 GAC) were the first to get on the scoreboard in the opening game, taking a 0-1 lead after the top of the second. However, the lead was short lived as the Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
After the first out sophomore Mariah Ewy and freshman Catherine Barrera singled. That put a runner in scoring position for sophomore Caitlin Paolini, who doubled to left center.
ECU added to its lead in the third inning with a single run on singles from junior Claresha Clemons and Allison and a double from Ewy for the 2-1 advantage.
The Tigers put an insurance run on the board in the sixth for the 3-1 lead. Sophomore Breecia Crawford and Crelia singled and junior Alissa Taylor was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That allowed Clemons to earn an RBI when she drew a walk.
Southeastern got a runner on due to a walk, but the next batter hit a line drive back to the pitcher that resulted in a double play. The final out came on a diving catch in center field by redshirt sophomore Aundrea Hamric.
Southeastern 6, ECU 4
The Savage Storm started things off right away in game two, taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
The score remained that way through the second inning and top of the third when the game was delayed for lightening for an hour.
When play resumed sophomore Breecia Crawford got things rolling for the Tigers with a solo home run in the bottom of the third.
However, Southeastern added three runs in the fourth for a 1-6 advantage.
ECU responded in the bottom of the inning, but were only able to cut the deficit to two (3-6). Clemons doubled, Allison singled and Ewy was walked to load the bases. After an out that left the bases loaded, Barrera hit a single to center field that sent the two runs across the plate.
The Tigers were able to get one more run on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Allison, but that would be the end of the scoring for the 4-6 final.