ECU Baseball Falls to St. Gregory’s

The East Central University baseball team fell in its final home game of the 2014 season to St. Gregory’s, 5-10, at Tiger Field in non-conference action.

The Tigers (24-18) were led by juniors Nick Spini and Casey Chenoweth, with two hits and two RBIs each. Chenoweth also added a run scored, as one of five players to score in the game.

Junior Cam McCay threw the last 1.2 innings of the game with two strikeouts and zero hits allowed. Senior Levi Keeton started the game and suffered the loss, with three hits and three runs allowed and one strikeout.

The Cavaliers (12-28) opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning. SGU added a run in both the third and fourth innings for a 0-5 lead.

ECU made a push in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs to cut the deficit to one (4-5). Junior Luc Pomales led off the inning with a double to left. Senior Ethan Gold added a single, which put two runners on base for Chenoweth to score with a triple to left field.

Junior David Terrazas added a run with a sacrifice fly. Junior Ariel Adut kept the inning going when he reached on an error. Senior Michael Mariano was hit by a pitch and then Spini sent a run home with a single up the middle for a 4-5 score.

The score remained close until the top of the seventh inning when the Cavaliers tallied four runs and then added another run in the eight for a 4-10 lead.

The Tigers made one more attempt at a come-back in the ninth, but they were only able to add one run for the 5-10 final. Sophomores Brandon Maggia and Casey Kenny were walked and both moved to second and third on wild pitches. That allowed Spini to earn his second RBI with a sacrifice fly to center.

ECU will hit the road for the final two weeks of the Great American Conference season, starting with a three-game series at Northwestern Oklahoma State, April 18-19 in Alva, Okla. A single game is set for 7 p.m., Friday, April 18 and a double-header starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

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