The East Central University softball team claimed the No. 2 seed at the 2015 Great American Conference Championship with a sweep of Ouachita Baptist. The Tigers (28-13, 25-8 GAC) first claimed a 5-4 win and then a 15-7 victory to end the series.
ECU was led by juniors Lauren Reeves and Autumn Suydam, who hit .625 for the day, with five hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Senior Brianna Nunley earned the win in the opening game, allowing five hits and four runs and striking out three. Junior Marissa Shaffer added a win in game two, allowing 11 hits and seven runs, while striking out four.
The Tigers will now get ready for the 2015 GAC Championship in Bentonville, Ark., April 30-May 2. ECU will face No. 7 Arkansas-Monticello in the opening round, Thursday, April 30 at noon.
Game 1 - ECU 5, OBU 4
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first on singles from junior Taylor Davis, senior Kaile Marcum and Reeves.
ECU added a run in the third on a single by junior Jordynn VanPelt and error and a ground out, for a 3-0 lead.
OBU took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the third scoring four runs (3-4).
The Tigers tied the game in the fourth. After the first two outs, freshman Hayley Hyatt hit a double and was sent home on a single from Davis.
ECU took the lead for good in the fifth on a double from Reeves and an error for the 5-4 win.
Game 2 - ECU 15, OBU 7 (6)
ECU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first. Davis was walked and an error but Marcum on the base path. That allowed Reeves to earn two RBIs with a double to left. Suydam added a run with a triple and the final run scored on a ground out from senior Samantha McGraw.
OBU quickly tied the game at four in the bottom of the first and then took a 4-7 lead with three runs in the fourth.
The Tigers cut into the disadvantage in the fifth, make it 6-7. Reeves singled, senior Kayci Snider doubled and Hyatt was put on first after an error by the catcher. The run then scored on a wild pitch.
ECU then broke the game open with a nine-run sixth inning. Snider earned the first RBI with a single, Hyatt sent two runs home due to an error and senior Peyton Watson drove in a run with a single. Another run scored due to a passed ball and Marcum earned an RBI with a bunt single. The final three runs scored due to a home run by VanPelt for the 15-7 lead.