Hot bat

East Central's Nicole Sanchez takes off for first base during action earlier this season. Sanchez finished a red-hot 7-for-9 at the plate to help the Lady Tigers pound Oklahoma Panhandle State by counts of 10-1 and 13-9 on the road Friday. ECU is scheduled to return to action Tuesday, hosting Cameron in a 1 p.m. twinbill.

Photo by Richard R. Barron
Ada Evening News

GOODWELL — Junior outfielder Nicole Sanchez had a 7-for-9 effort from the plate Friday as East Central pounded out 34 hits on the day and swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from host Oklahoma Panhandle State, 10-1 and 13-9, on Friday.

Wanda Malone pitched a five-inning, two-hitter in the opener as Sanchez went 4-for-4 with a solo homer, three doubles, and four runs scored in the 10-1 victory.

 In the 13-9 nightcap win, the Lady Tigers accumulated 21 hits, including three each from Sanchez, Emily Kennemer and Hillary Hughes.

Game 1

ECU 10, Panhandle State 1

Malone (13-9) struck out 10 of the 17 batters she faced as she allowed no walks.

A two-out, solo homer by Joni Stegman in the second inning prevented Malone from getting the shutout as she worked all five innings of the run-rule shortened contest.

Also getting multiple hits for the Lady Tigers besides Sanchez, were the sister combination of Desireé Nordie and Cassandra Nordie, along with Kennemer.

Cassandra Nordie went 2-for-3 and hit a one-out, solo homer to jump-start a four-run fifth inning for the Lady Tigers. Desireé Nordie was 2-for-4 with a double and run-scoring single and Kennemer finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Shelby Simmons had just one hit, but knocked in two runs with an RBI groundout in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Courtney Gaines added a run-scoring single in the third.

ECU scored two runs in the first inning, added three in the third, scored once in the fourth and put the run rule into effect with the four-run fifth.     

OPSU starter Kristen Curlin suffered the loss as she worked 4.1 innings and allowed nine of the runs (seven earned) off 11 hits with one walk and a pair of strikeouts.

Game 2

ECU 13, Panhandle State 9

Kennemer went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs batted in and three runs scored as the Lady Tigers overcame a 5-3 deficit with an eight-run sixth to make it 11-5.

Though the Aggies closed to within 11-9, ECU scored twice more in the seventh to put the finishing touches on the win.

Sanchez was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored and Hughes went 3-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored.

Simmons, Desireé Nordie, Kasey Barber, Cassandra Nordie and Brandi Goodrich collected two hits apiece as every Lady Tiger starter had at least one hit. One of Cassandra Nordie’s hits was a two-run triple.

Randee Crockett (12-3) got the win after working 5.1 innings. She allowed seven earned runs off 13 hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Malone came on in relief and gave up two earned runs off a pair of hits in 1.2 innings of duty. Stegman homered off Malone — a two-run shot in the sixth.

Curlin, Megan Nieuwenhuis and Katie Salazar had three hits each for the Aggies while Stegman and Julie Cross collected two apiece.

The Lady Tigers, 29-17 on the season, return to Lone Star Conference North play on Tuesday by hosting Cameron University in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. ECU then hits the road next Saturday to face Cameron in a 2 p.m. doubleheader in Lawton to close out the regular season.

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