The East Central University softball team will come back to the friendly confines of Lady Tiger Field for the final two weeks of the 2014 regular-season. The Lady Tigers will host Northwestern Oklahoma State for a four-game Great American Conference series, April 18-19. Double headers are scheduled for both days, with Friday, April 18 starting at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at noon.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) on ECUTigers.com. Go to the softball schedule page.
The Rangers are 33-13 overall and 21-9 and second in the GAC standings heading into the weekend after taking three-out-of-four from Southeastern last weekend.
NWOSU has a team batting average of .331 and is allowing just a .273 mark by their opponents. They also have clear advantages in runs (297/185) hits (436/343) and home runs (70/30).
Shelby Anderson is the key contributor for the Rangers at the plate and in the circle. Anderson has a .479 average, 31 runs, 69 hits, 16 home runs and 47 RBIs at the plate. She has also seen the most action in the circle, with 153.1 innings. She is 18-5 on the season with 164 hits and 63 runs allowed and 70 strikeouts.
Lindsay Thorstenson is also a key offensive threat, with a .380 average, 54 runs, 62 hits, 16 home runs and 41 RBIs. Kellie Mason is the other key pitcher for NWOSU, with 118.1 innings, a 13-7 record, 135 hits and 92 runs allowed and 114 Ks.
Against the Rangers
Last season the Lady Tigers went 3-1 against the Rangers at Lady Tiger Field.
Senior Gina Mengwasser led the returners with a .636 average, seven hits, one run and four RBIs. Junior Chelsea Patterson added a .583 average, seven hits and five runs.
Junior Brianna Nunley went 1-1 pitching, with 14 innings, 11 hits and three runs allowed and 11 strikeouts. Sophomore Lacey Paulk was 2-0, with 13 Ks in 10.1 innings.
Jessika Sandoval is the top returner for NWOSU with a .364 average, four hits and one RBI. Kellie Mason went 1-1 in the circle, with 13 innings, 20 hits and seven runs allowed and eight Ks.
Sweeping into the GAC Tournament
The Lady Tigers had a strong weekend at Southwestern, earning a sweep that included to 9-0 wins. The sweep was the first of a GAC team this season and also clinched ECU a spot in the 2014 GAC Tournament, May 1-3 in Bentonville, Ark.
Anderson’s 200th Career Victory
Head Coach Destini Anderson recorded her 200th career win earlier this season with the Lady Tigers program. The win came March 21, 2014 at Southern Nazarene with a 4-2 victory.
Dow Pitcher of the Week
Redshirt freshman Sydney Dow picked up her first award with the Lady Tigers as she was named the GAC Pitcher of the Week for April 1.
Dow doubled her win total for the season as she posted a 3-0 record last week. In 18.0 innings of work, the El Reno, Okla., native allowed only 11 hits and struck out 21. She also limited the opposition to a .169 batting average. Against Arkansas-Monticello she set the ECU single-season high with 12 strikeouts. Dow then came back with a complete-game victory in the series finale.
Suydam Player of the Week
Sophomore Autumn Suydam was named the GAC Player of the Week for March 25.
Suydam helped the Lady Tigers take three of four from Southern Nazarene. She collected a pair of three-hit games on Friday. In the opener, she notched a pair of doubles and two RBIs. On Saturday, she stole three bases. For the series, she hit .538 with three doubles and four stolen bases. She scored five runs and drove in four runs.
Tigert Player of the Week
Sophomore Leah Tigert had a strong first GAC weekend for the Lady Tigers and was named the GAC Player of the Week for her efforts.
Tigert notched a pair of four-hit games in the Lady Tigers’ four-game series against the Lady Reddies. She hit .688 with a 1.125 slugging percentage.
The Hennepin, Okla., native collected a home run, a triple and two doubles. She scored three runs and drove in five runs. During her current six-game hitting streak, she has recorded five multiple-hit games.
Reeves Stepping Up
Sophomore Lauren Reeves came up big for ECU in the opening GAC series against Henderson State. The Tulsa, Okla., native tallied a .467 average, seven hits, five runs scored and seven RBIs. The biggest hits she had in the weekend came in day one. In the opening game, Reeves hit a game-winning double that scored three of the seven runs the Lady Tigers tallied in the top of the seventh to rally and win. Reeves also added a game-winning grand slam in game two of the day.
Nunley GAC Pitcher of Week
Junior Brianna Nunley was been named the Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 11.
The Moore, Okla., native earned two wins against No. 17 Angelo State at the Rambelles’ George McCorkle Classic. On Saturday, she recorded her third career shutout as she held Angelo State to just five hits. On Sunday, she entered the game with the score tied at four and threw two scoreless innings as the Lady Tigers rallied for a win.
Sophomore Autumn Suydam had a strong weekend at the George McCorkle Classic, hitting .538. Suydam led ECU with seven hits, added four runs and two RBIs.
VanPelt Belting Some Out
Sophomore Jordynn VanPelt had a big day for the Lady Tigers in the opening day of the ASU Tournament. VanPelt hit two game-winning home runs. In the first game, against Texas A&M International, she hit a three-run shot over the scoreboard in center field. In the second game of the day she sent home the only two runs of the game, with a shot to left field against Angelo State.
The Lady Tigers will wrap up the 2014 regular-season by hosting Ouachita Baptist, April 25-26 at Lady Tiger Field. The weekend will also be the annual Senior Weekend to honor ECU’s two seniors; Gina Mengwasser and Tarra Underhill-Christy.