East Central University pounded out 30 hits as the Lady Tigers swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from visiting Bacone College, 11-0 and 13-0, Tuesday at Lady Tiger Field.
ECU, which improved to 31-12 on the season with the sweep, received a homer apiece on the day from Emily Kennemer, Nicole Sanchez and Cami Correa.
ECU 11, Bacone 0
Wanda Malone and Randee Crockett combined for a five-inning, two-hit shutout.
Malone (18-5) allowed just one hit and two walks with three strikeouts through the first three innings while Crockett permitted only one hit and no walks while striking out five in working the final two frames.
ECU jumped on the Warriors with eight first-inning runs off six hits and with the help of two errors. The Lady Tigers added a single run in the second and two more in the third to cap off the scoring.
Brianna Baron went 3-for-3 with an RBI to fuel ECU’s 13-hit attack. Sanchez, Correa, Shelby Simmons and Desiree’ Nordie added two hits apiece for the winners.
The Lady Tigers’ Simmons and Sanchez executed a double steal for the first run of the game and Kennemer followed with a two-run homer to right-center, giving ECU a 3-0 cushion.
The remaining five runs in the inning were unearned as Baron added a run-scoring single, Whitney Harris brought home a run on her groundout and Sanchez slammed a three-run homer to right.
Cassandra Nordie’s run-scoring single made it 9-0 in the second inning and Correa laced a two-run double to right field in the third to cap off the scoring.
ECU 13, Bacone 0
The Lady Tigers compiled 17 hits as Laura Loughmiller, Stefanie Watson and Baron ended up with three apiece while Correa and Kasey Barber each drove home three runs.
Loughmiller went 3-for-3 with an RBI and four runs scored. Watson was 3-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored and Baron went 3-for-4 with an RBI and one scored run.
Correa, who was 2-for-2 with a walk, knocked in three runs with a solo-homer in the first inning, RBI double in the second and sacrifice fly in the third. Barber went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, including a two-run effort in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Simmons also went 2-for-3 while driving in a run and scoring once.
Crockett started the game and worked only one inning as she allowed one hit and struck out one. Cassandra Nordie (3-0) got the win in relief as she gave up just three hits and two walks while fanning two.
ECU led 3-0 after one inning, 4-0 through two frames and scored eight times in the third before adding a single run in the fourth.
The Lady Tigers swing back into Lone Star Conference North play on Thursday and Friday, hosting second-ranked Midwestern State in a three-game series at Lady Tiger Field in Ada. The two teams will play a 3 p.m. single game on Thursday before battling in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.
ECU’s Correa named LSC North
Softball Hitter of the Week
ADA — East Central University designated player/catcher Cami Correa was named Lone Star Conference North Softball Hitter of the Week following her performance in the Lady Tigers’ three-game series at Northeastern State last weekend.
Correa, a junior from Brawley, Calif., hit .667 (4-for-6) with two homers and six runs batted in as the Lady Tigers won two of three games against the host RiverHawks. Correa, who also drew five walks in the series, finished with a .818 on-base percentage and a 1.667 slugging percentage.
She was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a game-winning three-run homer, in the series opener, a 6-3 ECU victory. In the series finale, a 5-1 Lady Tiger win, Correa had a two-run blast for ECU’s fourth and fifth runs.
It was the second time this season that Correa has captured the LSC North Hitter of the Week award.
ECU-UIW baseballers to play
two games Friday, one on Saturday
ADA — East Central University’s weekend home baseball series with Incarnate Word has been switched to two games on Friday, beginning at 1 p.m., and one on Saturday, also starting at 1 p.m.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play a single game on Friday and doubleheader on Saturday.
It will be the final home contests of the season for the Tigers who close out play at Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 29-30.
ECU's 'Football 101 for Women' postponed
ADA — East Central University’s ‘Football 101 for Women’, a clinic about the sport of football designed for women, has been postponed until the fall.
The event was originally scheduled to take place Saturday prior to the start of the 2 p.m. Spring Football Game. Details on the fall clinic will be announced at a later date.