ADA — Junior right-hander Cara Gaskins fired a two-hitter and Jayme Miller homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning as the East Central University Lady Tigers picked up their first Lone Star Conference North softball victory with a 2-1 decision over Cameron in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Lady Tiger Field.
Cameron held off a big rally by the Lady Tigers in the sixth inning and secured a 7-5 win in the second game.
The split moved ECU to 4-19 overall and 1-13 in the LSC North while Cameron went to 20-26 and 6-12.
ECU 2, Cameron 1
Gaskins (3-9) not only allowed just two hits, but she struck out 11 and walked only four. The Lady Aggies’ lone run was unearned.
ECU jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the first when Miller, who went 2-for-3 in the game, singled up the middle. Miller then advanced to second on Jessica Loftis’ infield single to short. Melissa Stewart then executed a sacrifice bunt to move both runners up.
That set the stage for Amanda Boyse’s shallow single down the left field line, scoring Miller. ECU couldn’t get Loftis home as Cameron recorded two straight outs to end the inning.
The score remained 1-0 until Miller launched her team-leading fifth home run of the season, over the left field wall, off a 1-1 delivery. Miller later hit her sixth homer of the season in the second game.
Loftis sparked the Lady Tigers’ eight-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with a double and two singles while Miller was 2-for-3.
Cameron scored its only run in the sixth after Stephanie Bour led off with a double. Bour then moved up to third and ultimately scored on Melinda Farrow’s sacrifice fly to center for the second out. The Lady Aggies’ only other hit came off a single by Megan Young to break up Gaskins’ no-hit bid in the fourth inning.
Cameron 7, ECU 5
The Lady Aggies appeared to be headed for a rout, leading 2-0 after one inning, 3-0 after two frames and 7-0 after four innings.
But thanks to a Cameron error, the Lady Tigers were able to score five times in the sixth to pull within two.
A one-out error triggered the ECU comeback as Jessica Kohout reached first safely. Kelli Dyson followed with a single through the left side of the infield.
Then with two outs, the Lady Tigers put together four hits in a row as pinch-hitter Courtney Jones and Amie Schmidt had back-to-back run-scoring singles before Miller came through with her second homer of the day, a three-run blast down the left field line.
Schmidt, batting in the ninth spot, was ECU’s only multiple-hitter in the game, going 2-for-2 with a walk. Miller was 1-for-2 with her homer and two walks.
Bethany Stefinsky (12-8) got the win for Cameron as all five runs she allowed were unearned. She scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out six.
Starter Amanda Boyse (1-5) was tagged with the loss after working six innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) off nine hits with one walk and one strikeout.
ECU is scheduled to visit Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee for a 1 p.m. make-up non-conference doubleheader on Friday before going to Cameron for a 1 p.m. LSC North twinbill on Saturday.