TAHLEQUAH — Clay Mack hit his fifth home run of the season and Matt Kennell scattered eight hits through six innings of work as the East Central University Tigers beat host Northeastern State 3-1 Saturday to salvage a Lone Star Conference North doubleheader split at Rousey Field.

Brian Venable’s one-out single scored Joel Garcia from third base in the bottom of the ninth as NSU edged ECU 8-7 in the opener.

The split left the Tigers with a 13-33 overall record and 6-13 LSC North mark while the Redmen went to 14-35 and 6-13.

The same two teams are scheduled to play a nine-inning, single game today at 1 p.m. in Tahlequah.

Game 2

ECU 3, NSU 1

Mack’s solo-homer to lead off the top of the second proved to be the difference after the Tigers had scored a pair of runs in the first inning.

Matt Stout drew a one-out walk in the first and advanced to third on Cody Carrier’s double. Jay Neal then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Stout for a 1-0 Tiger lead. Carrier advanced to third and scored off an error to make it 2-0.

Mack then delivered his fifth homer of the season to lead off the second.

Starter Matt Kennell (5-4) allowed just one walk and struck out three. David Henley came on in the seventh to nail down his first save of the season.

Daniel Roebuck (1-3) suffered the loss for the Redmen, despite giving up just three runs (only one earned) off four hits with only one walk and five strikeouts in going the seven-inning distance.

John Ford and Venable collected two hits each for NSU.

Game 1

NSU 8, ECU 7

Garcia led off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the right field line. Pinch-hitter Jason Roberts then bunted Garcia over to third with a sacrifice before Venable singled through the left side of the infield to score Garcia for the game-winner.

The Redmen compiled 19 hits, compared to the Tigers’ 15. But ECU fell victim to three errors in the contest.

Carrier hit his team-leading 10th homer of the year for the Tigers and teammate Tyler Pybas smashed his first.

Carrier went 3-for-5 from the plate with a solo-blast in the sixth while Gus Bordones was 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

Jay Neal and Greg Minter also collected two hits each for ECU. One of Neal’s hits was a two-run single in the first inning. Neal also added a double later in the contest.

Mike McKey (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Eric Humphrey and reliever Jacob Lago. McKey allowed no runs off one hit with one walk through 2 1/3 innings.

Aaron Iker (2-8) took the loss in relief of starter Logan Davis. Iker gave up just one earned run off five hits with a strikeout in the final 3 1/3 innings.

Garcia went 4-for-5 from the dish to fuel the Redmen offense while Hector Morales was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Four other NSU players had two hits each.