The East Central University softball team split the first day of a four-game Great American Conference series with Northwestern Oklahoma State at Lady Tiger Field. The Lady Tigers (28-21, 18-16 GAC) earned a 2-0 shutout win in game one and then fell 1-5 in the night cap.
ECU was led by sophomore Leah Tigert, who hit .600 for the day on three hits. Junior Chelsea Patterson added a .400 average, with two hits, one run and one RBI.
Redshirt freshman Sydney Dow earned the win in the circle in the first game of the day, recording her second shutout of the season. Dow recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed just five hits.
The teams will wrap up the final day of the series, Saturday, April 19 with a double-header scheduled to start at noon at Lady Tiger Field.
Game 1 – ECU 2, Northwestern 0
The opening game was a pitcher’s duel, with no one scoring until the fourth inning. The Lady Tigers were the only team to get on the scoreboard, scoring two in the bottom of the fourth.
Sophomore Jordynn VanPelt started the inning with a single to right and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Autumn Suydam. Sophomore Lauren Reeves then reached due to an error by the pitcher that put the runners on second and third. The first run was then scored by VanPelt on a wild pitch. Patterson added an RBI with a single to center for the 2-0 lead.
Both teams then continued their tough defense and held each other scoreless for a 2-0 final. The Rangers (34-14, 22-10 GAC) had a chance to score in the third with the bases loaded, but they had two outs and the final batter grounded out.
Northwestern left a total of eight runners on base and ECU’s redshirt freshman Sydney Dow struck out 10 batters in the game.
The shutout marked the sixth shutout for the Lady Tigers this season and the first time that NWOSU has been shutout for the year.
Game 2 – NWOSU 5, ECU 1
The Rangers took control of the scoreboard early in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the first. NWOSU added a run in the third and two in the fourth before ECU got the goose egg off the scoreboard.
With the Rangers leading 0-5, the Lady Tigers scored their lone run in the game in the bottom of the fourth.
After the first out, Patterson was walked and Suydam then hit a two-out double to left center for the RBI.
The 1-5 score is how the game would end despite the Lady Tigers getting a runner to third in the sixth.