Shawnee — On a very windy day, the East Central University baseball team won a high-scoring battle with St. Gregory’s, 24-16, in non-conference action at Bill Nicklas Field.
The Tigers (11-10) saw six players with multi-hit games, with junior Nick Spini leading the team with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Josh Lavender added two hits, with six RBIs. Junior Garrett Donohoe continued his strong performances for ECU with two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Junior Icezack Flemming stepped in during the seventh inning to shut down the Cavaliers (5-14), who had tallied 17 hits in the first six innings. Flemming earned the win, throwing two innings and striking out five of the six batters he faced. The Tigers’ pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts on the day and allowed 18 hits to ECU’s 14.
ECU came out swinging in the top of the first, with Donohoe hitting a solo home run to left field for a 1-0 lead.
The advantage was short lived as the Cavaliers added a run in the bottom of the first to knot the game at one.
The Tigers added a run in the top of the third for a 2-1 lead. Junior Ty Huie hit a one-out double to left center and was joined on base by Donohoe, who was walked. That allowed Spini to earn an RBI with a single up the middle.
SGU again responded in the bottom of the inning, but this time they added three runs for a 4-2 lead.
ECU came back in the top of the fourth, with six runs to take an 8-4 advantage. Junior Luc Pomales started the inning by drawing a walk and the bases were loaded when both senior Ethan Gold and junior Casey Chenoweth were hit by pitches. Junior Andrew Ayrado earned the first RBI with a sacrifice fly to center.