DURANT, Okla. –Southeastern (27-24) picked up a 13-12 win in 10 innings over rival East Central in Friday’s suspended game, then added a Saturday sweep with wins of 5-1 and 9-8 en route to clinching the No. 4 seed in the Lone Star Conference Tournament which will be in Abilene, Texas, beginning May 2.
The Savage Storm will face the host Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. on May 2.
In the suspended game, the first seven hitters in the SE lineup collected at least two hits each as the Storm pounded out 18 as a team.
Ryan Bowen led the way with a 4-for-6 effort, while Torey Oller was right behind going 3-for-5 with three RBI. Robbie Morris and Tyler Johnson each added two RBI.
Matt Kinard got the start and went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with four K’s, earning a no decision.
Trey Wright, Matt Hinds and Oller worked the next 2.2 innings leading into the delay.
Reece Dodd picked up his first win of the series after working the final 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
In the game each team posted a six run inning, and the Storm got the win when Bowen, who doubled to lead off the 10th, scored on an Oller sac fly.
In Saturday’s regularly scheduled game one, Dodd came back and tossed a complete game to earn his second win of the day, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing an unearned run on four hits with two K’s.
A Moprris two-run homer in the first put SE on the board and a Johnson two-run single in the second doubled the lead to 4-0.
ECU picked up its run in the third, but Oller would drive in Trey Wingo in the fifth to fashion the 5-1 final.
In the nightcap, Bowen paced the squad with a 3-for4 outing, while Mat wolf added a 2-for-3 effort with three RBI.
Blake Worthen got the start and tossed 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits before handing the ball to Trey Wright who faced two batters, with both collecting hits and scoring.
Oller took the ball and tossed 1.1 innings and allowed two runs on two hits before giving way to Matt Hinds who picked up his seventh save, tossing 1.2 innings and allowing no runs and no hits, while striking out two.
The Storm used a five-run second inning to mount a 5-0 lead on the Tigers, and after a two-run Josh Rorex homer and RBI from Wolf and Morris, the lead had been pushed to 9-0 after six innings.
ECU, however, put up six runs in the seventh inning and added two more in the eighth to close the gap to 9-8, but Hinds entered and shut the door on the Tiger comeback.