The East Central University baseball team picked up one win in the three-game series at Southern Nazarene in Great American Conference action. The Tigers picked up an 8-7 win in game one for the day and then fill 7-8 in eight innings in game two.
The Tigers (17-12, 8-8 GAC) were led by seniors Casey Chenoweth and Nick Spini, who both hit over .600 for the day. Chenoweth averaged .667, with four hits, two runs and two RBIs for the day. Spini added a .625 average, five hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Junior Quentin McGrath picked up the win on the mound, tossing five innings in game one. He allowed five hits, three runs and struck out four.
ECU will return to the field, Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference action in Shawnee, Okla.
Game 1 - ECU 8, SNU 7
The Tigers came out fighting and scored three runs in the top of the third. Senior Dustin Torres started the game by getting hit by a pitch and was sent to second on a sacrifice bunt. Spini earned the first RBI of the game on a double down the left field line. After the second out, senior Bryce McKee recorded two RBIs with a home run to left field.
The Crimson Storm (8-21, 6-16 GAC) waited until the third inning to respond and tied the game at three.
ECU responded in the top of the fourth, retaking a 4-3 advantage. Chenoweth led off with a single to left and was sent to third on the next two outs. Torres claimed the RBI with a single to right.
The Tigers added to their lead in the top of the seventh, making the score 5-3. Torres singled to short as the first batter of the inning. Spini was hit by a pitch and the run was scored when senior Garrett Donohoe hit a sacrifice fly to center.
ECU kept putting pressure on SNU, scoring three more runs in the top of the eighth for an 8-3 lead. Senior Luc Pomales started things with a single to left and was sent to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Trevor Huie put runners on the corner with a single to left. That set up senior Andrew Ayrado to earn two RBIs with a double to left field. The final run of the innings was scored on another wild pitch.
The Crimson Storm mounted a come-back attempt in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the deficit to one (8-7).
The Tigers then had the bases loaded in the ninth and failed to score. ECU then held SNU scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to hold on for the 8-7 win.
Game 2 - SNU 8, ECU 7 (8)
ECU was the first to get on the scoreboard in the top of the second, taking an early 1-0 lead on a home run to left field by Chenoweth.
The Crimson Storm responded and took the lead in the bottom of the second with three run.
The Tigers slowly started to make their come back, scoring a run in the third due to an error and a single by McKee. ECU kept pushing and regained the lead in the fifth, going ahead 5-3.
After two outs, Spini was walked and sent to second on a single by Donohoe. McKee was up next and sent both runners home with a double to center. McKee was advanced to third on a wild pitch and then joined on base by Pomales, who walked. Chenoweth then added an RBI with a single through the left side.
The lead grew to 6-3 in the sixth after Torres was hit by a pitch and about to cross the plate on a single by Spini through the right side.
The Tigers adds another run in the bottom of the seventh. McKee reached on a fielder's choice and was sent to second on a wild pitch. Chenoweth was added to the base path with a walk and the run was scored when Ayrado singled up the middle.
However, SNU would not go away quietly, as they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at seven and force extra innings.
The Crimson Storm then kept the momentum in their favor and scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to earn the 7-8 win.