The East Central University softball team clinched a spot in the 2014 Great American Conference Tournament with a sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Lady Tigers (25-20, 17-15 GAC) first defeated the Bulldogs (11-33, 7-25 GAC) 9-7 and then 9-0 in five innings in the second day of the series.
ECU was led by junior Chelsea Patterson, who hit .750 for the day with three hits and three runs. Sophomore Leah Tigert added a .667 average, two hits, two runs and an RBI. Senior Gina Mengwasser tallied six RBIs for the day on three hits, a grand slam, and two runs scored.
Junior Brianna Nunley earned the win in game one, coming in and throwing the last 4.1 innings. She allowed seven hits and four runs, while striking out three. Freshman Nicole Nordie started the game and struck out five batters in 2.2 innings.
Red-shirt freshman Sydney Dow earned the win in the second game of the day, earning her first shut out of the season. Dow allowed just three hits and struck out six of 21 batters she faced.
ECU returns home for the final two weeks of the season, including a newly added non-conference double-header with Rogers State, Tuesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Lady Tiger Field. The Lady Tigers will also host Northwestern Oklahoma State, April 18-19.
Game 1 – ECU 9, SWOSU 7
The Lady Tigers got things started quickly, scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning. Junior Kaile Marcum and sophomore Jordynn VanPelt were walked and sent to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Autumn Suydam.
Sophomore Amanda Edmundson scored the first two runs with a single through the left side. Junior Kayci Snider and Patterson loaded the bases with singles, which allowed Marcum to earn an RBI with a single up the middle that left the bases loaded.
Mengwasser then added four runs for the 7-0 lead with a grand slam to left center.
SWOSU cut the deficit to two with three runs in the second and two in the fourth for a 7-5 lead.
ECU added two runs to its total in the top of the sixth. Patterson doubled and was sent home on a triple from Marcum. Mengwasser earned the second RBI with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Bulldogs were able to get two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that is how the scoring ended for the ECU 9-7 win.
Game 2 – ECU 9, SWOSU 0 (5)
The Lady Tigers again wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second game, scoring three in the top of the first. Marcum and Tigert were walked and were sent around when VanPelt hit a home run to right center.
ECU added two runs in the second for a 5-0 advantage. Sophomore Lauren Reeves singled and Suydam was walked. Both runners advanced when Patterson hit a sacrifice bunt and the first runs scored when Marcum singled. Mengwasser added her final RBI of the day with a single.
The Lady Tigers then put the run rule into play with four runs in the fourth for a 9-0 lead. Patterson singled and was sent home when Tigert singled to center. Mengwasser joined Tigert on base with a single and three runs scored when McGraw hit a home run to left field.
The Bulldogs got four runners on base in the final two innings, but were unable to get them past second and fell in five innings, 9-0.