Richard R. Barron/The Ada NewsEast Central’s Jaclyn Willis, a freshman from McKinney, Texas, has two doubles and seven RBIs heading into this weekend’s series with Ouachita Baptist University.

The East Central University softball team is headed to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, today and Saturday for a four-game Great American Conference series against Ouachita Baptist.

Today’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start, with Saturday’s twinbill to begin at noon.

The Tigers head into the series with a 14-10 overall record and a 5-7 mark in the GAC after splitting the series at Northwestern Oklahoma State last weekend.

Junior Alissa Taylor led ECU with a .563 batting average that included nine hits, two runs, three doubles, a home run and six RBIs. Junior Claresha Clemons followed with a .429 average with six hits, two runs, two double, a home run and three RBIs.

Four pitchers saw action in the series at NWOSU, with senior Kelbie Crelia and freshman Karlie Milburn each picking up a win in the circle. Crelia threw 11.0 innings and allowed nine hits and three runs, while striking out four.

Ouachita comes into the series with a 10-14 overall record and a 4-8 mark in the league standings after dropping its last seven games in a row. As a team they are hitting .248 for the season, while allowing a .287 mark.

Natalie Jackson leads the team with a .316 average that includes 18 hits, eight runs and eight RBIs. Macy Nantz has a .303 average with 20 hits, seven runs and seven RBIs, while Sarah Johnson adds a .301 average with 22 hits, 10 runs and 13 RBIs.

The OBU Tigers have put just four pitchers in the circle this season, with three seeing regular action. Kelsey O’Brien has seen the most action with 70.2 innings of work. She has surrendered 75 hits and allowed 46 runs with 45 strikeouts. Macy Nantz adds 28 Ks in 47.1 innings, while Marissa Butler has netted 27 strikeouts in 36 innings.

ECU holds a clear advantage in the all-time series with Ouachita at 20-5, including an 18-3 mark in the league. The series is closer when played on the road, with ECU holding a 6-2 advantage.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.