ADA – The East Central University softball team earned two wins in a Great American Conference doubleheader at Tiger Field. The Tigers (19-22, 16-14 GAC) earned an 8-0 win in five innings to open the day and then a 7-3 win in the final game of the series.
ECU was paced by freshman Bre'Anna Davis, who hit .600 for the day, with a home run and grand slam. Davis tallied three total hits, two runs and seven RBIs.
Junior Sydney Dow picked up the win in the first game of the day, allowing just one hits and recording five strikeouts. Junior Kelbie Crelia added a complete-game win in the second game, allowing three runs and one hit, while striking out two.
The Tigers will now get ready for a road series at Southern Nazarene, April 8-9 in Bethany, Okla.
East Central 8, Oklahoma Baptist 0
Taylor Davis started the game on a good note, with a single through the left side. Suydam added a single on a sacrifice bunt attempt and the bases were loaded when senior Autumn Suydam reached due to an error.
Dow drew a walk to score the first run and freshman Caitlin Paolini added a second on a fielder's choice. Bre'Anna Davis then hit her first home run of the day to score three more runs. Freshman Mariah Ewy drew a walk to kept things going and the final run of the inning scored when freshman Ellanee Allison singled through the right side.
ECU added a seventh run in the second inning on singles from senior Lauren Reeves and Paolini and an error by the Bison (13-23, 10-18 GAC).
The Tigers made it 8-0 in the fourth on a double from reeves and a bunt from Paolini.
ECU kept OBU off the score board in the top of the eighth to put the run-rule in effect.
East Central 7, Oklahoma Baptist 3
The Tigers started the scoring in the first inning of the final game of the series, taking a 1-0 lead in the first. Taylor Davis started the game with a double to right and was sent to third on a sacrifice bunt from Suydam. VanPelt earned the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Bison would not go quietly, as they responded with two runs in the third for the 1-2 advantage.
ECU tied the game in the bottom of the inning on singled from Suydam and VanPelt.
OBU again took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring a run for the 2-3 lead.
The Tigers were held scoreless in the fifth, but took the lead with five runs in the sixth. Taylor Davis singled and was sent to second on a sacrifice bunt by Suydam. VanPelt then reached due to an error that allowed a run to score and put her on second.
Reeves walked, Paolini reached on a fielder's choice and Dow was walked to load the bases. Bre'Anna Davis then hit a grand slam to right field to put the Tigers up 7-3.
ECU finished the game by retiring the side in the top of the seventh for the 7-3 win.