Ada — BASEBALL
ADA — The East Central University baseball team gave its seniors a great memory for Senior Day, earning a 6-5 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State in the ninth inning to claim the Great American Conference series 2-1 Saturday at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (24-17, 13-11 GAC) had two players garner two hits and three players hit home runs in the same inning. Junior Luc Pomales tallied two hits and the first home run of the second inning. Junior Casey Chenoweth also tallied two hits, the second home run, scored twice and earned an RBI.
Senior Robert Buitrago started the game and threw the first five innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out two. Junior Merrick Ardoin earned the win, throwing the last inning and not allowing a hit or run.
ECU took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second on three home runs to left. Pomales hit his fifth of the season and Chenoweth hit his second, a batter later on the first pitch. After one out, junior Ty Huie recorded his first home run of the year for a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs (20-18, 12-12 GAC) cut the deficit to one in the top of the sixth with two runs and then took a 5-3 lead in the sixth with three runs.
The Tigers were quiet until the bottom of the seventh when they scored one run to cut the disadvantage to one. Pomales led off with a walk, Chenoweth singled and the bases were load when senior Michael Mariano hit a sacrifice bunt that resulted in an error. Huie hit into a fielder’s choice, which put the runner out going home, but senior Josh Lavender earned an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
ECU tied the game at five in the bottom of the eighth. Junior Bryce McKee singled and was sent to second on a wild pitch. Pomales sent him to third with a single and Chenoweth reached on an error that allowed McKee to score.