Husnander Walk-Off Highlights SE Sweep

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern never led in Sunday's opener until Greg Husnander touched home to cap a six-run ninth inning with a walk-off grand slam to win 11-10 before following it up by scoring in all six innings it batted in the finale to close out the regular season with a 7-3 win over rival East Central at The Ballpark in Durant.

The sweep lifts the Savage Storm to 27-22 overall on the year and 21-12 in Great American Conference play and secures the No. 3 seed heading into the first round of the conference tournament when it will host No. 6 seeded ECU in a rematch in Durant next weekend.

Over two games SE piled up 26 hits and connected on seven home runs and score 18 runs.

The Storm found itself in an early hole in the opener as scored in each of the first five innings to open up a 7-2 lead, with the lone SE runs coming on a solo Logan Terwilliger homer in the fourth and a Tim Hunter RBI triple in the fifth.

Southeastern kept the Tigers off the board in the sixth and seventh innings with Connor Counce driving in a run in the sixth followed by Jake Perez and Dylan Helms connecting on back-to-back solo home runs to close the deficit to 7-5 after seven innings.

However, ECU answered with a three-run eighth on a two-run homer and an error and the score stood at 10-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Helms would reach on a fielding error and move to second on a Kaleb Thomas single which was followed by a Terwilliger walk to load the bases with one out.

Brandon Grimsley would single home Helms and a batter later Corban Taylor drew a bases loaded walk to close the gap to 10-7 with one out.

Husnander would follow by taking an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a walk-off grand slam to cap a six-run ninth inning rally for an 11-10 win.

All nine starters collected hits, with Counce leading the charge with a 3-for-4 outing, while Grimsley and Perez each added a pair of hits.

Husnander put up four RBI to lead all hitters, while Helms, Terwilliger, Grimsley, Taylor, Counce, Hunter and Perez each drove in a run.

Mike Wade got the start and despite striking out six hitters over three innings was given an early exit after allowing five runs on four hits, three of which were home runs.

Cody Luman followed with 1.2 innings of work, allowing a pair of runs on two hits with a strikeout.

Bryce Clemons tossed the next 2.2 innings and allowed a run on three hits with three K's, followed by Scott Brinkley who allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit while facing just three batters.

Cory Scheibner would toss the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run and giving up two hits with two strikeouts to collect the win and move to 2-1 on the year.

The hit parade carried into game two where Helms and Grimsley each posted three hits, while Taylor, Husnander and Counce had two each and the Storm tallied 13 as a team.

Helms would homer twice, bringing his total to three on the day, while Husnander would add a two-run shot to his grand slam from game one.

Helms and Husnander would each drive in two, while Taylor and Counce added an RBI apiece.

Matt Benedict picked up the win and moved to 6-2 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.

Michael Brinska would finish the game with an inning of work and facing just four batters.

SE scored in very inning, beginning in the first with a Taylor RBI single to right to plate Terwilliger for a 1-0 lead.

A Helms single and an ECU error in the second would add another run to the board when Counce crossed the plate for a 2-0 advantage.

Husnander doubled that lead to 4-0 in the third with a two-run homer and Helms added his first solo shot in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.

The Tigers would get a run in the fifth, but a Counce double would answer and score Taylor for a 6-1 edge.

An ECU homer and an RBI single in the sixth closed the lead to 6-3, but Helms would connect on his second solo homer of the day in the bottom of the sixth to set the final score of 7-3.