DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern rebounded from a loss in Saturday's opener to hold on for a 7-6 win in the finale and punch its ticket to the Great American Conference Tournament Final Four in Arkadelphia, Ark., May 12-14.
The Savage Storm moved to 29-23 on the year after the split on Saturday, winning game two 7-6 after an 8-3 loss in the opener.
The win advances SE to face second-seeded Arkansas-Monticello at 4:30 p.m. at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia, while No. 8 seed Arkansas Tech, who upset top-seeded Southwestern Oklahoma State will take on Henderson State at 1 p.m.
The tournament is double-elimination and culminates on Saturday afternoon.
In the finale, Brady Colbert picked up just his second start of the season and tossed 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits while striking out five to move to 5-3 on the year.
Scott Richards faced four batters, recorded an out and was accountable for a run on a hit before Mike Wade came on in relief.
Wade tossed the final 2.2 innings to earn his first save after striking out four and allowing just two base runners.
Connor COunce posted three hits at the plate, while Dylan Helms and Corban Taylor had two each as seven of the team's nine starters recorded a hit and all nine reached base safely.
Kaleb Thomas drove in a team-best three runs, while Helms had a pair of RBI and Logan Terwilliger and Brandon Grimsley each added one.
A Thomas sac fly in the third inning scored Tim Hunter and opened up a 1-0 lead.
Helms and Thomas posted back-to-back two-RBI hits in the fourth with Terwilliger making it three in a row with an RBI single to break open the lead to 6-0.
ECU would take a deep cut in the top of the fifth, forst scoring on a wild pitch before Kris Molter hit a three-run home run to close the score to 6-4.
A Grimsley Sac fly would push the lead back to 7-4, but the Tigers would score on an error in the sixth and a Molter double in the seventh to close to 7-6 before Wade shut down the ECU offense.
The Storm did have to worry after dropping the opener on Saturday after the team's traded runs in the first inning, a Tiger grand slam would open up a 5-1 lead in the second.
A Counce homer in the bottom of the second and an RBI single by Taylor in the fifth would close it to 5-3, but ECU would get back-to-back hits from their eight and nine hole hitters in the sixth inning to plate three runs and make the final 8-3.
The teams combined for 29 hits, with Terwilliger connecting on a 4-of-5 outing, while Thomas, Taylor and Hunter each had a pair of hits.
Eight of the nine starters recorded hits in the game.
Grimsley, Taylor and Counce each drove in a run.
Matt Benedict got the start but was held to his shortest outing as a starter, tossing 2.0 innings and allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits with one strikeout.
Bryce Clemons tossed 3.1 innings in relief and allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts.
Michael Brinksa finished the game with 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out four.