The East Central University softball team picked up a 9-0 shutout win and then fell 4-5 to Southeastern Oklahoma State to take the Great American Conference series 2-1 after earning an 11-10 win at home two weeks earlier.
The Tigers (21-13, 18-8 GAC) were led by senior Kayci Snider, who hit .429, tallied two home runs and a single, while earning five RBIs. Junior Taylor Davis added a .625 average, with five hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Junior Marissa Shaffer earned the win in the circle in game one, throwing a complete-game shutout. She allowed just four hits and struck out five.
ECU will now get ready for their final home series of the season, April 10-11 against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Double-headers are scheduled for each day, with Friday's starting at 2 p.m. and Saturday's at noon.
Saturday will also feature a National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic in the morning, the annual softball Senior Day prior to the start of game one and a reunion for the 1995 OIC Championship team between games.
Game 1 - ECU 9, SEOSU 0
The Tigers came out fighting in the first inning taking an early 1-0 lead. Davis started the hits with a double down the right field line and was sent home on a single from senior Kaile Marcum.
The game remained close until the top of the fourth, when ECU added to more runs for a 3-0 lead. Junior Lauren Reeves led off the inning with a double to left center then came home on a home run by Snider to left field.
The Tigers added another run in the top of the fifth on a double by Davis and single by Marcum for a 4-0 advantage.
The score was pushed to 9-0 in the top of the seventh with a leadoff home run to right center by Davis. After two outs senior Peyton Watson reached after she was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded on singles from Reeves and junior Autumn Suydam. That set up senior Samantha McGraw for four RBIs when she sent a grand slam over the left center fence.
The ECU defense then held strong, allowing two runners in the bottom of the seventh, but not a run for the 9-0 win.
Game 2 - SEOSU 5, ECU 4
The second game was a defensive battle through the first three and a half innings before the Savage Storm (20-18, 16-7 GAC) were the first to cross the plate, sending five runs home for the lead.
The Tigers didn't wait long to respond, cutting the lead to two in the top of the fifth. Reeves started the inning with a single and was joined on base by Watson, who was walked. Snider then hit her second home run of the day and the season for a 3-5 score.
ECU tried to mount a come-back in the top of the seventh, starting with a one-out double to right center by McGraw. Snider followed with a single to center and Davis sent a run home with a single through the left side for a 4-5 score. However, the next two batters were retired for the 4-5 final.