Southeastern Splits at ECU, Wins Series

Southeastern picked up a series victory and secured a spot in the Great American Conference tournament with a double-header split on Sunday against rival East Central, taking game one 12-6 before dropping the series finale 9-8 in Ada, Okla.

The split moves the Savage Storm to 17-23 overall on the year and 13-12 in GAC play which earns them the No. 6 seed in the postseason tournament set for May 2-5 in Enid, Okla.

The Storm offense picked up where it left off on Saturday in the opener, scoring in six of the nine innings.

Brandon Grimsley homered again in the opener and finished with a pair of hits, while Cody Coats led the way with three hits.

Conner Koepp, Chance Burcham and Brayon Colley each added a pair of hits as well.

Burcham drove in three runs in the game, while Coats and Koepp plated a pair each. Dylan Helms, Grimsley and Colley each added one RBI.

Nick Johnson got the start and picked up his fourth win after tossing 7.0 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Keyton Jameson tossed one-third of an inning and was tagged for a pair of unearned runs on one hit before Brady Colbert came on to finish the game, recording five outs in six batters, three of which were strikeouts.

Koepp opened scoring in the top of the first by drawing a bases loaded walk that scored Grimsley which was followed by a three-run double by Burcham to open up a 4-0 lead.

A Coats RBI single in the second would stretch the advantage to 5-0.

Colley would score on an error and Coats would add an RBI double in the fourth to open up a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but SE would take advantage of an error and RBI singles by Colley and Helms in the fifth to take a 10-1 advantage.

Koepp would double home Coats in the top of the sixth for an 11-1 lead, but ECU would get two runs back in the bottom half to make it 11-3.

Grimsley would add his third homer of the weekend in the top of the seventh for a 12-3 edge, and the Tigers would get a run in the bottom half and two more in the eighth to fashion he 12-6 final score.

The series finale was a back-and-forth affair with at least one of the teams scoring in six of the seven innings.

Collin Sefcik led that offense with three hits, while Greg Husnander and Connor Counce added two hits each and five others added one apiece.

Nolan Fanning had a pair of runs batted in, while Sefcik, Corban Taylor, Husnander, Jacob Soisson and Counce each drive in a run.

Evan Sanders got the start and took a no decision after lasting three innings and allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Jameson tossed one inning in relief and allowed three runs on a hit before Mathew Benedict came on to toss an inning, allowing a run on two hits.

Cody Luman finished the game and took the loss after allowing a run on a hit in 1.1 innings pitched.

Sefcik opened scoring in the game with a solo homer in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers answered with three runs to open up a 3-1 lead after one.

Counce would drive in Logan Terwilliger and later score on a wild pitch to even the game at 3-3 midway through the second.

However, ECU would push back ahead with a run in the bottom half for a 4-3 lead.

In the third Taylor would double home Grimsley and Husnander would plate Sefcik to give the Storm the lead again at 5-4.

A three-run fifth for the Tiger though would leave the Storm down 8-5.

Fanning would double-home a pair of runs in the sixth to close the gap and Sefcik would score on an error in the top of the seventh to complete the comeback and knot the game at 8-8.

However, the Tigers would get a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh to swipe the game 9-8 and avoid the sweep.

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