Men’s tennis falls to No. 35 Southwest Baptist
The East Central University men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 35 Southwest Baptist Saturday at the Mayhue Courts.
The Tigers (6-6) fell behind 0-3 after the doubles matches and were trailing 0-4 before ECU earned its first point of the match.
Junior Nate Kipping claimed the first point for the Tigers with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Yannick Doering at No. 6 singles.
The final singles match to finish was at No. 3 singles, where senior Julian Caminos earned a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-5 win over Chris Blodig.
ECU travels to the University of Tecas-Tyler on Friday. That match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Softball splits pair at Southern Nazarene
BETHANY — The East Central University softball team split the final two games of a four-game Great American Conference series with Southern Nazarene falling in the opening game 7-6 in eight innings before blanking the Crimson Storm 8-0.
The Lady Tigers (14-12, 9-7 GAC) were led by junior Samantha McGraw, who hit .500 for the day. McGraw tallied three hits, scored once and added two RBIs.
Junior Brianna Nunley picked up the win in game two on the day, allowing four hits and zero runs. Redshirt freshman Sydney Dow threw a complete game in game one and suffered the loss. Dow allowed 12 hits and struck out four batters.
ECU travels to Durant today for a rivalry doubleheader with Southeastern Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. The Lady Tigers will then return home for a GAC weekend series with Arkansas-Monticello March 28-29 at Lady Tiger Field.
ECU 8, SNU 0
The Lady Tigers came out strong in the opening inning of the second game, scoring four runs for a 4-0 lead.
Sophomore Chelsea Patterson led off the inning with a single to third and stole second. She was sent home when sophomore Autumn Suydam singled up the middle. Junior Lacey Williams was walked, and both runners moved to second and third with a passed ball.
Sophomore Jordynn VanPelt added an RBI with a single through the left side and a third run scored on a pass ball. Sophomore Amanda Edmundson kept the inning alive with a walk, and freshman Nicole Nordie earned an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
ECU added two runs in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. Junior Kaile Marcum started the inning with a single and was sent to second with a single from junior Kayci Snider. That allowed a run to score when Patterson reached on an error. Suydam loaded the bases by drawing a walk, and the final run scored when Williams singled through the left side.
The advantage increased to 8-0 in the top of the seventh. After the first out, Edmundson doubled to left and was sent to third on a single to left by Marcum. McGraw earned the RBIs with a double to right field.
The Crimson Storm (10-13, 5-9 GAC) were held to just four hits for the game and didn’t get a runner past second, while leaving seven runners on base throughout the game, allowing ECU to earn the 8-0 victory.
SNU 7, ECU 6
SNU came out ready to fight in the opening game of the day, taking a 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning. The Crimson Storm scored two in the first and a single run in both the second and third innings.
The Lady Tigers cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth for a 4-2 score. Dow led off the inning with a walk but was thrown out when Suydam hit into a fielder’s choice. The two runs were scored when VanPelt hit a home run to left field.
SNU responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, for a 6-2 deficit.
ECU tied the game in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs. McGraw started the inning with a double to left and, after the first out was recorded, was joined on base by sophomore Lauren Reeves, who singled up the middle. Sophomore Leah Tigert earned an RBI with a single up the middle. The final runs were scored when Dow hit a home run to left field to send the game into extra innings.
The Lady Tigers had a chance to score in the eighth with two runners but were unable to convert. SNU took advantage and was able to get a run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth to escape with the narrow victory.
Baseball notches first three-game GAC sweep
ADA — For the first time since joining the Great American Conference, the East Central University baseball team earned a three-game series sweep of a league opponent with a 6-3 win over Southern Nazarene Saturday at Tiger Field. The Tigers (19-10, 9-6 GAC) had earned a two-game sweep of Arkansas-Monticello in 2012 but had the third game canceled.
ECU was led by juniors Casey Chenoweth and Nick Spini with three hits each. Spini tallied three RBIs, while Chenoweth scored once. Junior Garrett Donohoe and Andrew Ayrado also added multi-hit games with two each.
Junior Oscar Gomez earned the win in the game, throwing the first six innings. Gomez allowed seven hits and three runs and struck out five batters. Junior Cam McKay threw the next two innings, and junior Merrick Ardoin finished the game with a three-strikeout inning.
After a slow start, the Tigers were the first to get on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead after the third. After two outs, Donohoe singled to second and was sent home when Spini singled to left center.
The Crimson Storm (11-17, 3-15 GAC) responded with three runs in the top of the fourth to lead 3-1.
ECU cut the disadvantage to one (3-2) with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Chenoweth hit a two-out double to right center and was sent home on a single by Ayrado to right field.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a single run. Adut started the inning with a walk and remained on first through the next two outs. He was advanced to second when junior David Terrazas was walked, and junior Luc Pomales loaded the bases with a single to third. That set up senior Ethan Gold for the RBI with a single up the middle.
ECU regained the advantage in the bottom of the sixth, going up 5-3. Ayrado led off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. Ayrado was advanced to third on a single by junior Ty Huie. Junior Ariel Adut earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right. Donohoe kept the inning going with a single, and Spini earned his second RBI with a single to right for the 5-3 advantage.
Both teams held each other scoreless for the next inning, and the Tigers held SNU without a run in the top of the eighth while scoring one more run for a 6-3 lead after the eighth.
Adut hit a one-out double to left and was sent home on a single by Spini to right field.
Ardoin then shut down the side with strikeouts in the top of the ninth for the 6-3 victory.
The Tigers will return to the field today at 2 p.m. game against Oklahoma City University.