TAHLEQUAH — Senior catcher Cody Carrier went 4-for-6 from the plate with a home run and seven runs batted in as the East Central University Tigers blistered the Northeastern State Redmen 18-7 on the run rule in eight innings of a scheduled nine-inning contest on Sunday at Rousey Field.

Carrier’s offensive output fueled a 19-hit attack for the Tigers, who improved to 14-33 overall and 7-13 in the LSC North. ECU has now won six games in the last 10 outings.

NSU fell to 14-37 and 6-14.

Carrier reached base safely all six times in the game. He hit a three-run double in the second inning, an RBI double in the sixth, a two-run homer in the seventh (his team-leading 11th of the season) and a run-scoring single in the eighth. He got to first on a fielder’s choice in his other two plate appearances.

Also contributing big offensively were senior outfielder Matt Stout and third baseman Greg Minter. Stout went 3-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored while Minter was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

Four more Tigers had two hits each. Jay Neal went 2-for-3 with a solo-homer, two runs batted in and two runs scored while Jason Wellington and Tyler Pybas each went 2-for-4. Wellington doubled once and drove home four runs while Pybas also doubled once and knocked in a run. Clay Mack was 2-for-6 with an RBI and run scored.

Starting southpaw David Henley (3-7) earned his third straight victory, surrendering seven earned runs off 14 hits with only one walk and two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work. Mack pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up no runs off two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

NSU starter Jacob Parish (1-5) was tagged with the loss after lasting just 3 1/3 innings. The Redmen used five more pitchers in the game.

Hector Morales and Zach Hamby collected three hits apiece for NSU while Eric Humphrey and Joel Garcia added two each. Humphrey and Cody McCarter homered for the Redmen.

ECU broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the second inning before adding two more in the fourth to make it 7-1. A four-run sixth made it 11-4. The Tigers then scored four times in the seventh and added three more runs in the eighth.

ECU closes out the home portion of its schedule on Wednesday by entertaining arch-rival Southeastern Oklahoma State University in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Tiger Field. The Tigers then close out the season with a three-game series at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on Friday and Saturday. The teams will play a single game on Friday before going head-to-head in a doubleheader on Saturday.