The East Central University softball team earned a sweep in the second Great American Conference double-header at Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Lady Tigers (15-5, 3-1 GAC) first earned a 10-2 five-inning win and then came-from-behind to take a 5-3 win in game two.
“Ali Manship and our defense did a good job keeping us in the second game,” said head coach Destini Anderson. “Our bats came around in the last inning. Every player on our team contributed to that last win and it was good to see that kind of team effort.”
ECU was led by freshman Leah Tigert, who hit .857 in seven at-bats, with six hits, one run, one double, one triple and six RBIs. Sophomore Chelsea Patterson added a .750 average, with three hits. Senior Shelby Simmons and junior Gina Mengwasser were also over .500 for the game. Simmons tallied four hits, including one home run and Mengwasser added two hits, with a home run.
Sophomore Lacey Paulk earned the win in game one, throwing a complete game and striking out five batters and earning an ERA of 1.40. Senior Ali Manship was the winner in the circle in game two in a complete game.
The Lady Tigers hit .375 as a team and held the Lady Bulldogs (6-14, 2-6 GAC) to a .256 average. ECU also forced the Southwestern pitching staff into an ERA of 7.58 for the day.
The Lady Tigers will return home for a four-game GAC series with Arkansas-Monticello, March 8-9. The first double-header will start at 1 p.m., Friday March 8 at 1 p.m. and the second double-header is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at Lady Tiger Field.
ECU 5 Southwestern 3
The Lady Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second game, with two runs in the bottom of the second.
ECU earned its first run of the game when Mengwasser garnered her sixth home run of the season in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 1-2.