The East Central University baseball team split the second and third games of a four-game series with Abilene Christian at Crutcher Scott Field
The Tigers (3-5) were led by senior Justin Sutherland, who tallied three hits, two runs and a .500 batting average for the day. Senior Spencer Penrod also hit .500 for the day with three hits. ECU finished the day with a 14 hits, three RBI’s, four runs and a team batting average of .250.
Senior Andrew Olson picked up the win on the mound with five innings of work in game one. He allowed five hits and a walk, but also struck out three batters. Junior Robert Buitrago suffered the loss in game two, with five innings of work and one strike out. As a group, the Tiger pitching staff allowed zero earned runs on the day.
ECU will finish up the series with the Wildcats (4-3), Sunday, Feb. 10 with a 1 p.m. game at Crutcher Scott Field.
ECU was the first to get on the score board, with a two-run second inning. Sutherland got the Tigers going with a two-out single down the left field line. Junior Chris Lane then reached on an error by the short stop and was followed on base by junior Michael Mariano, who single up the middle to load the bases. Junior Brede Kochi reached on a second error by short and the first run crossed the plate. The final run came with senior Justin Gibson earned a single to left field.
The Tiger made it 3-0 after the fifth inning. Junior Jake Caton reached on an error by the second baseman and was sent to third on a hit to right field by Woodard. Caton scored when senior Mac Grace sent a single to left field.
The ECU defense then stepped up and held the Wildcats scoreless for the next three innings for the 3-0 win.
The Tigers again opened the scoring, with one run in the second inning. Sutherland earned a single and was on second after an error when Penrod sent a single to right field to advance Sutherland to third. Mariano then earned the RBI with a single to left field for the 1-0 lead.
That is how the scored stayed until the bottom of the fifth, when the Wildcats took the lead with two runs off a hit and an error.
ECU was not able to put together any more runs in the final two innings and fell 1-2.