East Central University’s magnificent run in the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament ended on a sour note Sunday as the Lady Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to second-ranked Angelo State at the Texas Bank Sports Complex.
ECU ended the tournament with a 5-1 record while Angelo State, which also finished at 5-1, claimed the team title. Central Oklahoma also finished 5-1 in the event which pitted the LSC North Division teams against their LSC South counterparts.
Earlier in the day, senior right-hander Randee Crockett fired a two-hit shutout as the Lady Tigers blanked 15th-ranked West Texas A&M, 3-0.
ECU moved to 24-9 on the season with the split of Sunday’s two games.
ECU 3, West Texas A&M 0
Crockett not only allowed just two hits in going the seven-inning distance, but overcame five walks and struck out five.
Emily Kennemer went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs with an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring single in the seventh.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead o start the game as Nicole Sanchez drew a leadoff walk, moved up to second on Shelby Simmons’ groundout and scored off Kennemer’s single up the middle.
ECU then picked up its two other scores in the seventh when Sanchez singled with one out, advanced to second on Simmons’ sacrifice bunt and moved up to third on a wild pitch. Sanchez scored off Kennemer’s RBI single to left-center to make it 2-0.
Catie Tolliver, pinch-running for Kennemer, later scored off an error to up the count to 3-0.
The Lady Tigers finished with seven hits in the contest.
Angelo State 6, ECU 3
The Rambelles out-hit the Lady Tigers 7-5 as Crockett (8-5) was charged with the pitching loss.
Crockett surrendered six earned runs off five hits with a pair of walks in 3.1 innings. Cassandra Nordie came on in relief and gave up two hits and a pair of walks while striking out two in 2.2 innings.
ASU catcher Kacie Easley went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for ASU while Alix Dean was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.
Clarissa Molina (15-2) tossed all seven innings for the win as she gave up only one earned run off five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.
ECU took a 1-0 advantage in the first when Sanchez singled and Simmons followed with a bunt single. Kennemer then singled up the middle to score Sanchez.
But the Rambelles countered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first before the Lady Tigers took the lead again at 3-2 with two scores in the second inning. Brianna Baron scored off an error in the inning and Sanchez brought home a run on a groundout.
ASU then scored four runs off four hits in the fourth to take control.
The Lady Tigers’ next action will be a home non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Baptist University on Thursday at 2 p.m. ECU then hosts a three-game LSC North series against Southeastern Oklahoma State on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before battling in a 3 p.m. single game on Sunday.