The East Central University baseball team earned a 7-3 win over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in non-conference action at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (6-8, 2-4 GAC) were paced by junior David Terrazas, who tallied three hits, scored once and added an RBI. Terrazas also recorded 11 putouts. Senior Ethan Gold also had a multi-hit game, with two hits and an RBI for the day.
Senior Robert Buitrago earned the win on the mound, throwing the first seven innings. Buitrago allowed eight hits and three runs, while striking out six batters.
ECU was the first to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Terrazas hit a lead-off double to right field and was advanced to third when Gold grounded out to second. That allowed him to score with the Saints threw a wild pitch, which give the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
ECU broke the game open in the bottom of the third, with five runs. Junior Andrew Ayrado started the inning with a walk and then stole second. He was sent home with junior Ariel Adut singled through the right side.
Senior Josh Lavender advanced the runner with a ground out, which allowed one run to score when junior Garrett Donohoe reached on an error.
Junior Nick Spini then reached when he was hit by a pitch and was advanced to third with a wild pitch and a pass ball that scored one run. Junior Luc Pomales drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
Terrazas then earned his RBI with a single to right field. The final run of the inning scored when Terrazas and Pomales pulled off the double steal for a 6-0 lead.
The Saints scored on run in the top of the fourth and two in the top of the seventh for a 6-3 score.
The Tigers didn’t let that faze them, as they added a run in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-3 lead.
Spini was hit again and the bases were loaded with singles from Pomales and Terrazas. That set up Gold for an RBI single through the right side.
Both teams head each other scoreless in the final two innings for the 7-3 final.
ECU will return to action, Feb. 28 and March 1 when they travel to Arkansas Tech for a three-game Great American Conference series. A single game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and a double-header is on the books for Saturday, March 1 starting at 1 p.m.