ECU Sports Information

ADA — Junior right-hander Cara Gaskins fired a four-hitter and struck out 12 batters as the East Central University softball team claimed its first victory of the season Tuesday with a 2-1 decision over Oklahoma Baptist University in the first game of a doubleheader at Lady Tiger Field.

OBU, behind the two-hit pitching of Melissa Wilt, won the second game, 3-2, as the two teams settled for a split.

ECU went to 1-4 on the season while OBU moved to 4-1.

GAME 1

ECU 2, OBU 1

Gaskins (1-2) allowed just two walks and didn’t surrender the earned run until the seventh when Brooke Stevens doubled and scored on Taranne Burton’s double to make it 2-1.

At one point in the game, Gaskins retired 13 straight batters, including nine on strikeouts.

The Lady Tigers scored their only two runs in the first and second innings.

In the first, Jill Tompkins singled to center field with one out, advanced to third on Jayme Miller’s single to right-center and scored on Melissa Stewart’s sacrifice fly to center.

Then in the second, Katie Thompson led off with a double to center, moved to third when she beat a throw to the bag and Stephanie Larriba reached first safely on a fielder’s choice. Amanda Boyse then laid down a bunt-single to load up the bases before Mindy Long drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0.

Thompson went 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, single and run scored.

Hillary Davis (2-1) was tagged with the loss for the Lady Bison as she worked all seven innings, allowed seven hits, walked only one and struck out one.

Stevens was OBU’s only multiple-hitter as she went 2-for-3 with the scored run.

GAME 2

OBU 3, ECU 2

A Lady Tiger rally fell one run short after Jessica Loftis launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, ECU’s first round-tripper of the season.

The Lady Bison jumped out to a 3-0 lead as they scored all three runs in the first on Burton’s two-run double to left-center and Jeni Newsome’s run-scoring single up the middle.

The Lady Tigers made the comeback with two outs as Stewart drew a walk before Loftis delivered an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left-center.

ECU did get a runner in scoring position in the seventh, but Wilt recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Wilt (2-0) allowed the two earned runs off two hits with only three walks and five strikeouts.

Boyse (0-1) started on the mound for the Lady Tigers as she pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowed all three runs (which were earned) off seven hits with just two walks and four strikeouts. Gaskins relieved Boyse in the fifth and finished up. Gaskins permitted just one hit and no walks while striking out three.

ECU’s only other hit in the game came on a single to center by Stewart in the first inning.

Burton went 2-for-4 with her two-run double to lead OBU’s eight-hit attack.

ECU is idle until March 7 when it visits Midwestern State for a 2 p.m. doubleheader in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Lady Tigers then host Midwestern State on March 11 for two games, beginning at 2 p.m.