The East Central University baseball team dropped a heavy scoring game to Oklahoma Baptist in non-conference action at Bison Field, 11-12. The game saw a total of five home runs between the two teams on a very windy day.
The Tigers (17-13) were led by senior Bryce McKee, who tallied three hits and two runs. ECU saw multiple hit performances from seniors Ariel Adut, Casey Chenoweth and Cale Russell.
ECU led off the game with a double from senior Dustin Torres to right center. Torres was sent to third on a sacrifice bunt by Adut and then home on a ground out by senior Nick Spini for the 1-0 lead.
The Bison (36-4) tied the game at one in the bottom of the second with a leadoff home run.
The Tigers responded with three runs in the top of the third for a 4-1 advantage. Adut led things off with a double to left center and was sent to third on a ground out by Spini. He was then sent home on a sacrifice fly to center by senior Garrett Donohoe. McKee kept the inning alive with a single through the left side and scored when Chenoweth hit a home run to left.
OKBU came right back and tied the game at four in the bottom of the third.
After a scoreless fourth inning, ECU put up six runs in the top of the fifth to push out to a 10-4 lead. After the first two outs, Donohoe started the rally with a solo home run to left field. McKee was then walked and Chenoweth hit a single through the left side that put the runners on second and third. Russell then earned two RBIs with a single to right.
Sophomore Trevor Huie put runners on the corners with a single to right and Ayrado scored a run with a single to left. Adut then added two runs with a double down the right line.
The Bison responded in a big way in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to cut the advantage to one, 10-9.
Spini added a run for ECU in the top of the eighth with a solo home run to left, but OKBU responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 11-12 lead.
The Tigers then went down in three-straight batters in the top of the ninth for the 11-12 final.
ECU will return to Great American Conference action April 10-11 at Ken Turner Field for a three-game series with Arkansas-Monticello. A single game is set to starting at 2 p.m. Friday and a double-header set for 1 p.m. Saturday.