SOSU Softball Splits With Rival ECU

Southeastern bounced back from a rough series opener to earn a split with rival East Central, taking game two 6-2 after dropping the opener 17-2 on Tuesday afternoon in Durant, Okla.

The split moves the Savage Storm record to 21-8 overall on the year and 14-4 in Great American Conference play, and still atop the league standings.

SE will be back in action March 28-29 with the final four games of its 12-game home stand as it hosts Southern Arkansas for a 1 p.m. double-header on Friday and an 11 a.m. twinbill on Saturday.

The Storm and its rival will play the final two games of the series in Ada, Okla., April 8 at 2 p.m.

In the second game, Mindy McElroy fell just two outs shy of her third shutout and allowed two runs on six hits in the contest with three strikeouts. The win lifted her season record to 11-3.

At the plate it was Lacie Cook and Haley Strawn leading the charge as each posted 3-for-3 outings, with Strawn driving in a pair of runs and Cook scoring twice.

Laramie Beal and Lauren Renneker each added an RBI.

Renneker drove in the game's first run with a perfect squeeze bunt that plated Strawn and staked the Storm to a 1-0 lead which was a lift after the day's opener.

Beal pushed that lead in the third inning with a double that scored Cook, with Sydney Kramer also coming in on an error to make the score 3-0.

It would reach 4-0 one batter later when Strawn singled home Beal for a 4-0 advantage.

Strawn would follow up with an RBI single in the fifth that plated Cook and later scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 6-0 after five innings.

ECU would get a pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh to close the gap to 6-2 which would hold to be the final score.

The first game could not have been any different from the second as the Storm was held to three hits, while ECU piled up 16.

Beal did turn in the lone highlight of the game with her seventh home run of the season, a solo shot, while Kramer also drove in a run.

Jacee Bennett suffered the loss, allowing 14 runs, 13 earned, on 11 hits with seven strikeouts over 3.2 innings pitched.

Hosanna McCoy tossed 1.1 innings in relief and allowed three unearned runs on two hits.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run homer, but Beal's solo shot in the bottom of the second closed the gap to 2-1.

ECU, however, exploded for six runs in the third and another six in the fourth before posting three in the fifth to mount a 17-1 lead.

A Kramer groundout in the bottom of the fifth would fashion he 17-2 final score.

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