Ada — The Tournament
The East Central University softball team will head to Bentonville, Ark., to be part of the 8-State Classic hosted by Arkansas-Monticello. The Lady Tigers will play five games this weekend. ECU will open the tournament against Fort Hayes State today at 11:30 a.m. and the face Drury at 3:30 p.m. Saturday will see the Lady Tigers against Minnesota State Mankato at 11:30 a.m. ECU will then play two games Sunday against Nebraska-Kearney at 1:30 p.m. and Oklahoma Panhandle State at 3:30 p.m.
Scouting Fort Hayes State
The Tigers will open their 2014 season against ECU after going 47-12 in 2013. FHSU advanced to the NCAA Central Regional, where they went 2-2. The Tigers return 14 players and lose four from the 2013 squad.
Amanda Vaupel is the top returner for FHSU, with a .339 batting average, 30 runs scored, 62 hits and 47 RBIs. Paxton Duran is the top returning pitcher with a 3.09 ERA, 15-7 record, 156 hits, 83 runs allowed and 107 strikeouts.
The Panthers are 0-4 after the George McCorkle Tournament last weekend.
Kari Hillenburg led DU with five hits and two RBIs with a .357 batting average. Kailey Howard went 0-2 in the circle, with a 3.32 ERA, 11 hits, eight runs allowed and one strikeout.
Against the Panthers
The Tigers and DU meet at the ASU Tournament last weekend, with ECU earning a 7-2 win. Sophomore Leah Tigert garnered four RBIs on one hit and one run scored. Freshman Nicole Nordie earned the win in the circle, with a 0.00 ERA and six strikeouts.
Betsey Toalson led the Panthers with one hit, while Jessica Kjeldguard suffered the loss in the circle. She allowed seven hits, six runs and struck out two.
The Mavericks will open the 2014 season at the 8-State Classic. MSU returns 12 players from the 2013 season when they went 40-12 and advanced to the NCAA Central Regional. The Mavericks return their top pitcher from last season, but have lost eight players.