ADA - For the first time since the 2010 season, the East Central University baseball team hit four home runs in a single game, helping the Tigers (11-21) earn a 17-4 seven-inning win over Dallas Christian at Ken Turner Field.
ECU recorded a total of 18 hits in the game, with junior Kaleb Matthews leading the charge with four, two runs and two RBIs. Senior Kris Molter added two hits, one run and four RBIs, with a grand slam.
The Tigers saw four pitchers take turns on the mound, with junior Dylan Sanchez earning the win. Sanchez threw three innings, allowing two hits and one run, while striking out three.
The Crusaders opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, taking a three run lead. However, ECU responded with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to gain the lead for good.
Junior Trevor Huie started the inning with a double, juniors Trey Mound and Kodiak O'Ravez both tripled to score a run each, and sophomore Jacob Cowling added a run with a single.
Sophomore Dalton Etheredge kept things going when he reached on an error and the bases were loaded when senior Casey Kenney walked. That set up Molter for his grand slam, hitting a shot over the left field fence for the 7-3 lead.
DCC added a run in the third, but the Tigers sent five more runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning for a 12-4 advantage.
Cowling led off the inning with a home run, Kenney doubled and McKeel and Matthews singled for RBIs. Huie added a triple for a run and the final run came across when Mound struck out swinging, but the ball was dropped by the catcher and first baseman to keep the inning going.
ECU added three more runs in the fifth for a 15-4 lead. McKeel led off with a home run, Matthews doubled and Mound hit a two-run home run.
The final two runs came across in the sixth for the Tigers, for a 17-4 score. An error, double and two singles led to the scoring and the win for ECU.
The Tigers will now get ready to host Southern Nazarene, April 8-9 for a three-game Great American Conference series. A single game is set for Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m., while a double-header is set for Saturday, April 9 starting at noon at Ken Turner Field.