SOSU sweeps ECU in softball

East Central’s Lady Tigers couldn’t produce enough offense as eighth-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State had back-to-back pitching gems in posting a 6-0, 13-2 Lone Star Conference North softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday at Lady Tiger Field.

Marjorie Johnson fired a one-hit shutout to fuel SOSU in the 6-0 opener while two Savage Storm hurlers – Amanda Tanner and Jami McAdoo - combined for a four-hitter in the 13-2 nightcap.

ECU dropped to 8-9 on the season and 1-5 in the LSC North with the losses while SOSU improved to 24-3 and 4-0.

SOSU 6, ECU 0 (Game 1)

The Lady Tigers’ only hit came on a bunt-single by Stacia Lemons in the fifth inning as Johnson (9-0) allowed five walks, but struck out 15.

The Savage Storm also finished with 11 hits as Erika Bernal went 3-for-4 with a solo-homer in the sixth and a three-run blast in the seventh. Johnson and Jaclyn Mullaney also collected two hits apiece for SOSU.

Dana McLaren (2-6) suffered the loss, though she didn’t allow any walks and struck out six.

SOSU 13, ECU 2 (Game 2)

Lady Tiger pitching fell victim to 15 Savage Storm hits, including a pair of homers by Bailey Mathes and a two-run shot by Johnson.

ECU’s first run came in the second inning when Kelly Littleton led off with a single. Rozalin Austin, pinch-running for Littleton, then advanced to second on Lemons’ sacrifice bunt and ultimately scored off Laura Kuestersteffen’s single to right-center.

The Lady Tigers’ only other run was unearned in the fifth as Kasey Barber got all the way to second on a dropped fly ball on the warning track and scored off another error when Desiree Nordie reached second on a throwing error.

ECU’s only other hits came off a leadoff single by Hillary Hughes in the first inning and a Nicole Sanchez single to right in the seventh.

Tanner (9-1) got the win for the Savage Storm as she allowed the one earned run off three hits with one walk and four strikeouts in four complete innings. Jami McAdoo allowed the one unearned run off one hit with one walk and three strikeouts.

Randee Crockett suffered only her second loss of the year against six wins as she worked four-plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned) off nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Hilary Kuestersteffen and Chelsea Downs also saw mound duty for the Lady Tigers.

Bailey Mathes went 3-for-3 with six runs batted in for SOSU, including a run-scoring single in the first inning, a sacrifice bunt in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth, and a three-run blast in the seventh. Three other Crimson Storm players had two hits each.

ECU and SOSU will square off again on Saturday in another LSC North doubleheader at 1 p.m. in Durant.