Cameron right-hander Ricky Cramer tossed a seven-inning no-hitter as the Aggies rolled to an 11-0 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over the host East Central University Tigers Friday at Tiger Field.
Cramer (5-2) walked four and struck out five as the Tigers had just seven base runners in the contest. The other three came off an error, hit batsman and fielder’s choice.
Cameron, which improved to 21-11 on the season and 14-8 in the LSC, pounded out 13 hits as Chase Larsson, Kenny Held and Andrew Garcia collected three apiece.
Larsson, the nation’s leading home run hitter with 18, did not go deep enough on Friday, but reached base safely all five times with a pair of walks, two singles and a triple off the center field wall as he drove in four runs on the day.
Held, who has 16 homers on the year, did not go deep either, but was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Garcia was 3-for-4 with one RBI.
The Tigers, who dropped to 9-25 and 5-20, used three pitchers in the game as starter Rick Hepworth (0-2) was tagged with the loss after going 3.2 innings. Jacob Gammons and Hernan Vivas also saw mound duty for ECU.
ECU softball team sweeps OBU
ADA – Randee Crockett allowed just four hits and struck out 11 while Emily Kennemer drove in a pair of runs with a key two-run double as East Central University’s softball squad completed a non-conference doubleheader sweep by downing Oklahoma Baptist 5-1 Thursday at Lady Tiger Field.
Wanda Malone gave two earned runs off five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in working all seven innings as the Lady Tigers claimed the opener, 4-2.
ECU improved to 26-9 on the season with the sweep while OBU dropped to 24-12 with the two losses.
ECU 4, OBU 2
Designated player Cami Correa went 2-for-3 from the plate and knocked in the game-tying run in the third inning as she finished with two runs RBIs during the contest.
Correa, who tied up the game at 1-all with her RBI groundout to shortstop in the first inning to score Nicole Sanchez, later led off the fifth with a single and ultimately scored off Desiree’ Nordie’s run-scoring single up the middle for the fourth and final score.
Shelby Simmons and Brandi Goodrich also had a pair of hits each. Simmons went 2-for-4 with a fielder’s choice RBI in the fourth and scored the game-tying run off Correa’s hit in the third. Goodrich was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Malone upped her pitching record to 14-4.
ECU finished with nine hits in the contest off losing pitcher Noelle McDowell (12-6), who allowed the four earned runs with one walk and six strikeouts.
Alyssa Henkes, batting in the leadoff spot, went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Lady Bison.
The game featured an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch by Sanchez deep in left field for the second out of the third inning.
ECU 5, OBU 1
Crockett, who tossed all seven innings, at one juncture, retired 13 straight batters until OBU’s Henkes hit a one-out, solo-homer to center in the sixth inning for the Lady Bison’s lone run of the contest.
Kennemer, Sanchez and Brianna Baron finished with two hits apiece as the Lady Tigers compiled nine for the game.
ECU took a 2-0 third-inning advantage as Goodrich led off the bottom half of the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. As has been a customary this season, Sanchez was hit by her 13th pitch of the year. She was plucked by her 14th later in the game.
Then with one out, Kennemer drove a 1-0 delivery into the gap in right-center for a double as Goodrich and Sanchez came around to score.
The Lady Tigers upped the count to 3-0 in the fifth as Kennemer, who singled earlier in the inning, scored off Desiree’ Nordie’s single through the right side of the infield.
After Henkes’ homer pulled OBU within 3-1 in the sixth, ECU scored two unearned runs in the bottom half of that frame off reliever Cassidi Henderson. Baron and Sanchez had key singles in the inning which helped lead to the runs as the Lady Bison committed three errors in that frame.
Ashley Clifton had two of the four OBU hits with a double and starting pitcher Sonya Beach (1-2) was charged with the loss after going five complete innings.
ECU Lady Tigers ranked 10th in region
ADA — The East Central University softball team is No. 10 in the latest NCAA Division II South Central Regional poll after posting a 5-1 record at the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament last weekend.
The Lady Tigers’ in-region record is 22-9 on the season (24-9 overall). It is the first time that ECU has been in the regional rankings this season.
Midwestern State is ranked first in the region at 31-4, followed by Angelo State at 31-5, Emporia State at 24-7, Nebraska-Omaha at 29-5, West Texas A&M at 27-11, St. Mary’s (Texas) at 27-14, Central Oklahoma at 20-15, Missouri Western State at 25-8 and the Lady Tigers round out the top 10.
ECU defeated West Texas 3-0 and lost to Angelo State 6-3 in the LSC Crossover. The Lady Tigers also beat UCO in a two-of-three series and lost to Missouri Western twice earlier this season. They are 3-4 against teams in the top 10.