Southeastern Softball Wraps GAC Schedule at NWOSU

No. 4 Southeastern will wrap up the Great American Conference portion of its schedule when it head to Alva, Okla., to take on Northwestern Oklahoma State with an opportunity to lock up a regular season GAC championship.

Friday's double-header is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch with the games on Saturday slated for a noon start.

The Savage Storm come into the weekend with a 36-7 record overall and a 21-3 mark in conference play and the owners of a three-game lead in the loss column over East Central.

A pair of wins by SE or a pair of losses by the Tigers would ensure a regular season title would come to Durant, which would be the first in the new conference.

The weekend also stands to be a milestone weekend for head coach Ron Faubion who comes into the series with a 697-277 record as a collegiate coach and could join a group of just 17 coaches at the Division II level to have amassed 700 wins in their coaching careers.

SE heads into the NWOSU series on a nine-game winning streak and winners of 17 of the last 20 contests.

A big part of that winning streak and the season as a whole is the pitching performance Storm pitching staff which leads the Teague with a team ERA of 2.39.

They are paced by two of the top starting pitchers in the GAC in Jacee Bennett and Mindy McElroy.

Bennett is a five-time GAC Pitcher of the Week and leads the league in wins (20), strikeouts per game (7.71) and saves (7) and is fourth in the league in ERA at 2.27.

McElroy is leading the conference in ERA at 1.79 and carries a 15-2 record with four saves.

Offensively, Courtney Moore has continued to improve on the season, lifting her average to .404 with 10 doubles, four homers and 32 RBI to go with an impressive .520 on-base percentage.

Jessica Simmons, Mindy McElroy and Lacie Cook each add averages better than .300, with Simmons leading the GAC in steals with 27, while Cook ships in a team-best 16 sac hits.

The Rangers enter the weekend at 17-19 overall and 12-14 in GAC play, but are coming off a double-header sweep of Washburn last time out.

Tiffany Santistevan, Jessika Sandoval and Cheyanne Terry are all batting better than .300 with Santistevan leading the club at .311 with 20 RBI.

Kelly Mason has the most starts for the NWOSU pitching staff and is 7-10 with a 4.71 ERA in 18 starts, while Alora Miller has 22 appearances and 15 starts with an 8-8 record and a 3.18 ERA.

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