Southern Nazarene sweeps ECU softballers

BETHANY – Emily Kennemer’s 4-for-5 effort from the plate wasn’t enough as Southern Nazarene completed a non-conference doubleheader softball sweep with an 8-7 decision over the East Central University Lady Tigers in nine innings Thursday at the Cypert Athletic Complex.

SNU, 8-0, won the game on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the ninth after the Crimson Storm posted a 6-2 win in the first game.

ECU, which suffered its fourth straight loss, dropped to 7-6 on the year.

SNU 6, ECU 2 (Game 1)

The Lady Tigers were limited to four hits by winning pitcher Andrea Pare (6-0).

Pare allowed just one earned run while walking only one and striking out 10.

Desiree’ Nordie, who had half of ECU’s four hits in going 2-for-3, hit a solo-homer in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth for the Lady Tigers’ only runs.

Pare and teammate Chelsea Lowell homered for the Crimson Storm. Lowell went 3-for-3 from the plate while Pare was 2-for-4.

ECU’s only other hits came off a single apiece from Stefanie Watson and Laura Kuestersteffen.

Dana McLaren (2-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing all six earned runs off 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

SNU 8, ECU 7 (Game 2)

Nikki Kelley drew a bases-loaded walk to end the game after the international tiebreaker rule was employed at the start of the eighth inning.

Kennemer’s four-hit performance for the Lady Tigers, included a double and three runs batted in.

Also getting multiple hits for ECU were Hillary Hughes and Kelly Littleton, who were each 2-for-4. Hughes had one double while Littleton picked up two RBIs.

The Lady Tigers used three pitchers in the game as Samantha Watson was charged with the loss as she gave up the winning runs off two hits. Randee Crockett started the game and allowed six runs, but only three were earned, off 11 hits with one walk and a strikeout. Chelsea Downs also pitched 2/3 of an inning.

Rachael Maloney (2-0) got the win in relief for the Crimson Storm, working the final five innings and allowing six runs (four earned) with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Tiffany Gossett started the game.

Keli Billups went 4-for-5 with an RBI and Kelley was 3-for-4 with a run batted in.

ECU returns to Lone Star Conference North play on Saturday by hosting Cameron at 1 p.m. It will be the home openers for the Lady Tigers.

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