An impressive power display by freshman outfielder Koby Temple wasn’t enough for East Central to overcome Southeastern Oklahoma State as the Savage Storm completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep and four-game series sweep with a 13-12 victory over the host Tigers.
Temple went 5-for-6 from the plate with two homers, two doubles, six runs batted in and four runs scored for ECU in the second game.
SOSU claimed an 8-2 decision in Saturday’s first game as the Savage Storm improved to 32-19 overall and 27-14 in the LSC. The Tigers dropped to 9-31 and 8-26 with the losses.
Southeastern 13, ECU 12
Temple, out of Mesa, Ariz., belted a solo homer in the second inning and had a three-run blast to highlight a six-run ninth inning for the Tigers, who trailed 13-6 entering the bottom half of that frame. He also hit an RBI double in the first and another run-scoring double in the fourth to go with a single in the contest.
Temple’s three-run shot pulled ECU to within 13-12, but SOSU reliever Cullen Pryor got the save after facing only three batters. After surrendering a walk, he got a fly out and strikeout to end the game.
The Tigers actually out-hit the Savage Storm 14-10, but fell victim to three errors.
ECU leadoff man Mat Wolf went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Dylon Howard and Kyle McCormick were each 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles as Howard scored a run while McCormick scored once and drove in a run.
Dackry Howard hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and J.T. Gasso had a key run-scoring single in the ninth for the Tigers.
ECU starter Andy Pendleton (2-4) was charged with the loss after throwing just one complete inning and allowing four earned runs off three hits as SOSU jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage. The Tigers used six pitchers in the game.
The Savage Storm’s first reliever Heath Wyatt (7-6) got the win as he worked six innings (third through the eighth) and gave up two earned runs off five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Four SOSU players collected two hits each as Stephen Garrett and Torey Oller each knocked in three runs.
Southeastern 8, ECU 2
Savage Storm starter David Cagle (4-2) — a graduate of Coalgate High School — shut out the Tigers and limited them to four hits through the first five innings in picking up the win.
ECU finished with only five hits and had no multiple hitters.
In fact, the Tigers didn’t get on the board until the seventh, and final, inning as McCormick and Dackry Howard drew back-to-back, bases-loaded walks.
J.P. O’Leary (3-4) took the loss after going all seven innings. He allowed six earned runs off 13 hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
K.C. Pfister went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer and a pair of doubles. Garrett also was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
SOSU scored two in the first, four in the second and two in the fourth to go up 8-0.
ECU closes out the 2010 season on Wednesday with a non-conference game against Mid-America Christian at 2:30 p.m. at Tiger Field in Ada.
ECU runners compete in distance events at Sooner Invitational
NORMAN — Members of the East Central University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in various distance running events at the University of Oklahoma Sooner Invitational Track and Field Meet on Saturday.
Seven members of the ECU men’s squad competed in the men’s 1500-meter run as Daniel Kiptoo, running unattached, finished fifth with a time of 4:03.36 as OU’s Bobby Nicolls set the pace at 4:00.58.
Also running for the Tigers in that event were Ezekiel Kissorio (unattached) in 10th place at 4:05.4; Austin Christian in 12th at 4:11.1; Joel Dutton in 13th at 4:13.11; Mitchell Haun in 18th at 4:17.69; Stefan Terrell in 20th at 4:23.01; and Tyler Jackson in 21st in 4:29.06.
Four ECU participants competed in the 800-meter as Kiptoo ended up seventh after clocking in at 1:57.82. Marcelis Lynch, of South Plains, took first in 1:54.69.
Also running in the 800 for the Tigers were Kissorio (unattached) in 1:59.82 for 12th place; Dutton in 2:06.02 for 17th; and Haun in 2:10.88 for 18th.
In the men’s 3000-meter run, Dutton led the ECU effort with a seventh place finish in 9:08.67. Teammate Austin Christian was next in 9:15.51 for eighth; Jim Sutrick ended up ninth in 9:20.2; Haun finished 11th in 9:39.23; Hunter Henrie was 12th in 9:45.33; and Jackson took 13th in 9:48.55.
On the women’s side, ECU’s Samantha Bartlett ran in two events as she finished ninth in the 3000-meter run (11:46.85) and was 16th in the 1500-meter run (5:20.70). Teammate Rachel Pratt also ran in the 1500 with a time of 6:25.70 for 18th place.