DURANT – East Central University out-hit fifth-ranked and host Southeastern Oklahoma State (7-3), but the Savage Storm went deep on all three hits in downing the Lady Tigers 5-2 to complete a Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader sweep Saturday.
SOSU, 26-3 overall and 6-0 in the LSC North, also won the first game, 8-1, as Savage Storm hurler Marjorie Johnson (10-0) pitched five innings of hitless ball and recorded 11 strikeouts with no walks.
The losses dropped ECU to 8-11 and 1-7.
SOSU 8, ECU 1 (Game 1)
The Lady Tigers picked up their only run in the sixth off the reliever Tanner as Kuestersteffen singled up the middle and scored off Hillary Hughes’ double.
Littleton and Kasey Barber had the only other two hits for ECU in the contest.
Jennifer Morales hit a three-run homer for the Savage Storm while Erika Bernal, Mullaney and Morgan Miller picked up two hits apiece.
The Lady Tigers’ next action is Tuesday as they visit Northeastern State for a 2 p.m. LSC North doubleheader. ECU is then home Thursday for a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader with Bacone College, before hosting NSU on Saturday for another conference twinbill, beginning at 2 p.m.
SOSU 5, ECU 2 (Game 2)
Emily Kennemer hit her first career-homer to lead off the fourth inning and Kelly Littleton singled home Nicole Sanchez, who led off the fifth with a single, for the Lady Tigers’ only two runs.
Sophomore right-hander Randee Crockett (6-3) worked all six innings, allowing just three hits, but all five runs were earned as Bailey Mathes, Johnson and Jaclyn Mullaney homered for the Savage Storm. Mathes and Johnson each hit two-run shots while Mullaney had a solo-blast.
Crockett gave up four walks and struck out six.
SOSU starter Jami McAdoo (7-2) got the win in working four innings. She allowed one earned run off three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Amanda Tanner pitched one inning in relief and Johnson tossed the final two innings for the save.
Desiree’ Nordie went 2-for-2 from the plate for ECU. Laura Kuestersteffen and Stefanie Watson also ended up with a hit apiece.