The East Central University softball team will continue its Great American Conference season with a four-game series at Southern Arkansas, April 4-5 and then come home to host arch rival Southeastern Oklahoma State, April 8 at Lady Tiger Field.
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.
Scouting Southern Arkansas
The Muleriders are 20-16 overall and 15-11 in the GAC after splitting their series with Southeastern last weekend. SAU has a slight .300 to .320 batting average disadvantage, but a 198 to 193 lead in runs scored.
Shelby Miller and Brooke Goad lead to offense for the Muleriders. Miller has a .451 average, with 29 runs, 55 hits and 26 RBIs. Goad adds a .342 average, 37 runs, 38 hits, 15 home runs and 29 RBIs.
Shelby Miller has seen the majority of the time in the circle for SAU this season, with 118 innings pitched. She is 7-8 on the year, with six saves and has allowed 145 hits and 90 runs, while striking out 80 batters.
Against the Muleriders
In 2013 the teams split the regular-season meetings and then ECU earned a win at the GAC Tournament.
The Lady Tigers were led by senior Gina Mengwasser with a .429 average, six hits, four runs and five RBIs. Sophomore Lacey Paulk earned two wins in the circle, with 18 hits and 11 runs allowed and 16 K’s.
Sarah Higginbotham is the top returner for SAU with a .533 average, four runs, eight hits and four RBIs. Hannah Gill went 1-2 in the circle, with 29 hits and 17 runs allowed and nine strikeouts.
The Savage Storm are 23-10 overall and 16-6 in the GAC splitting the first two games with ECU and a four-game series with Southern Arkansas last week.
SEOSU has a team batting average of .302 and is holding its opponents to a .270 mark for the season. They have a clear advantage in runs scored (162/128) and hits (257/239).
Sydney Kramer is the leader at the plate, with a .422 average, 23 runs, 46 hits and 31 RBIs. Laramie Beal adds a .409 average, 17 runs, 38 hits and 28 RBIs.
Mindy McElroy and Jacee Bennett are the main pitchers for the Savage Storm. McElroy has seen 99.2 innings of work and has a 12-4 record, while Bennett has pitched 70.1 innings and is 8-4 in the circle.
Against the Savage Storm
In the first two games this season against SEOSU, the Lady Tigers split the games, earning a 17-2 win in five innings at first and then falling 2-6.
Sophomore Jordynn VanPelt had a .667 average in the games, with three runs, four hits and eight RBIs. Sophomore Leah Tigert added a .571 average, three runs, four hits and three RBIs. Redshirt freshmen Sydney Dow earned the win, while allowing three hits and one run and striking out one.
Lacie Cook led the Savage Storm with a .500 average on two runs and three hits. Mindy McElroy picked up the win, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out three.
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.
After the games against Southeastern, the Lady Tigers will hit the road for their final road series of the regular-season when they travel to Weatherford, Okla., April 11-12 to face Southwestern Oklahoma State.