BETHANY, OKLA. - The East Central University softball team split the final two games of the Great American Conference series at Southern Nazarene. The Tigers (21-24, 18-16 GAC) lost the opening game 2-7 and then claimed a 17-2 five-inning victory in the final game.
ECU was paced by freshmen Ellanne Allison and Kasey Moore, who both hit. 500 for the day. Allison recorded two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Moore added two runs and two RBIs. The Tigers saw multiple hit games from a total of six players, with seniors Lacey Paulk and Jordynn VanPelt earning three each.
Senior Marissa Shaffer earned the win in the circle, in a complete game. She allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out six.
The Tigers will now get ready for the finale of the four-game GAC series with arch rival Southeastern, Tuesday, April 12 at Tiger Field starting at 2 p.m. The teams split the first two games of the year in Durant, Okla.
East Central 17, Southern Nazarene 2
The second game of the day remained scoreless until the third inning when the Tigers pushed out to an 8-0 advantage.
Junior Carlee Henderson started the inning with a double and was sent to third in a single from senior Taylor Davis. Senior Autumn Suydam earned the first RBI when she reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt that resulted in an error. VanPelt put three more runs up on the scoreboard with a home run to left field.
Senior Lauren Reeves kept things going with a double, Paolini walked and Paulk singled to score another run. Freshman Mariah Ewy recorded the first out with a sacrifice bunt, but Allison added two runs with a double to left field. After another out, Ewy was able to score due to a wild pitch for the 8-0 lead.
The Crimson Storm cut into the advantage with a run in the bottom of the inning for an 8-1 score.
However, the Tigers really opened up the lead in the fourth, scoring eight more runs for a 16-1 advantage. The inning saw four singles, two walks, a triple and home run from Moore.
SNU was able to get a run in the bottom of the inning to make the score 16-2.
ECU added one more run in the fifth to bring the final score to 17-2.
Southern Nazarene 7, East Central 2
The Crimson Storm (22-24, 13-21 GAC) got on the score board first, taking a 0-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The Tigers cut the deficit in half in the third on a lead-off walk from Taylor Davis and a double from Reeves.
ECU knotted the game at two in the fourth, with a lead-off solo home run by freshman Caitlin Paolini.
However, the Crimson Storm regrouped and gained the lead, 2-4, with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. SNU then increased the lead to 2-7 with a three-run sixth and held on for the win.