East Central University pounded out 17 hits and senior right-hander Andy Pendleton closed out his career with a pitching victory Wednesday as the Tigers rolled to a 21-6 season-ending rout of Mid-America Christian at Tiger Field.
J.T. Gasso collected four hits, including a pair of doubles, and two runs batted in while Dylon Howard went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored as ECU wrapped up the 2010 season with a 10-31 mark.
Koby Temple hit his team-leading ninth homer of the season – a two-run blast in the fifth inning — while Dackry Howard launched his seventh — a two-run shot in the second as the game ended after the top of the seventh on the run rule. Cody Hibbard — a graduate of Ada High — connected for his first career homer — a two-run belt in the fifth inning — as the wind was blowing strong out toward left.
Pendleton (3-4) worked all seven innings for the win as he scattered 11 hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts. Five of the six Evangel runs were earned.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first off Grant Rainwater’s run-scoring single and an error which enabled Dylon Howard to score. Howard got on base with a one-out single.
Mid-America Christian tied it at 2-all in the top of the second off a two-run homer by Dan Heskin.
But ECU countered with a seven-run bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-run double from Rainwater and Dackry Howard’s two-run blast to left. The Tigers had only four hits in the inning as the hosts were helped by a pair of Evangel errors to go up 9-2.
Gasso’s RBI single, scoring Trevor Gavin, made it 10-2 in the fourth.
After MACU picked up an unearned run in the fifth, ECU staged an 11-run, seven-hit bottom half of that frame to go up 21-3.
The Tigers sent 15 batters to the plate in that inning which was highlighted by the homers from Temple and Hibbard, in a pinch-hit role. Dylon Howard hit an RBI double, Gavin also beat out an infield run-scoring single and Hankins knocked in a run with an infield single as ECU pulled away.
Rainwater went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and Gavin was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Senior leadoff man Mat Wolf, playing catcher in his final game, doubled once, walked two times and was twice hit by pitches as he scored three runs on the day. Another senior, Kyle McCormick, singled once and scored a run in his career finale.
MACU starter Ben Coffeen lasted just 1.1 innings and suffered the loss. The Evangels used three other pitchers in the contest.
Adrian Bravo-Carmona and Heskin each went 3-for-4 with a homer for MACU. Each knocked in two runs and Carmona scored three times.