East Central University’s softball team mounted little offense until it was too little, too late as Southeastern Oklahoma State knocked off the Lady Tigers 6-1 Sunday to wrap up a three-game Lone Star Conference series at Lady Tiger Field.
After the two teams split a pair of games on Saturday, the Savage Storm won the three-game series, 2-1, to improve to 30-17 on the season and 7-5 in the LSC.
ECU dropped to 27-11 and 4-5.
SOSU starting pitcher Audra Rhudy held the Lady Tigers in check through 6.2 innings before ECU picked up its only score when Emily Kennemer lined a shot which tipped the leaping second baseman’s glove and landed in shallow right-center for a single to score Nicole Sanchez.
But reliever Ashley Smith came on to record the third and final out off Desiree’ Nordie’s fly-out to center.
Rhudy (14-6) allowed the one earned run off seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts for the win.
Lady Tiger starter Wanda Malone (15-5) was charged with the loss after going four complete innings and allowing five of the runs, all earned, off six hits with one walk and a pair of strikeouts.
Cassandra Nordie worked the final three frames, allowing one earned run off one hit with four walks.
For ECU, Kennemer and Shelby Simmons had two hits apiece. Kennemer went 2-for-3 with the lone RBI and Simmons was 2-for-4 with a double.
The Savage Storm jumped on the Lady Tigers right off the bat as Jeana Keyes blasted a solo-homer to right. Rhudy later helped her own cause in the inning with a two-run single to left-center to make it 3-0.
Lindsey Lacy’s two-RBI single to right in the fourth inning made it 5-0 and then SOSU added a single run in the fifth on Rhudy’s single through the left side of the infield.
Rhudy went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs in the contest while Lacy brought home a pair of runs in also going 2-for-4.
The Lady Tigers’ other three hits came off a single apiece from Sanchez, Brianna Baron and Brandi Goodrich. The single by Sanchez set the stage for her scoring in the seventh.
ECU’s next action will be a three-game LSC series at Northeastern State in Tahlequah on Friday and Saturday.
The two teams will play a 3 p.m. single game on Friday before battling in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.