Ada — The Tournament
The East Central University softball team will open the 2014 season at the St. Mary’s DII Classic in San Antonio for the third straight season. In the past two seasons the Lady Tigers have gone 6-1 at the tournament, with their lone loss to a ranked opponent. ECU opens tournament play Saturday at 10 a.m. vs. Texas A&M International before meeting host St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. ECU plays St. Edwards at 10 a.m. Sunday before meeting Texas A&M-Kingsville at noon.
Scouting Texas A&M International
The Dust Devils finished the 2013 season with a 22-36 overall record. TAMUI lost six players from the team and has 11 upperclassman and eight freshmen on the 2014 roster.
Mariena Gallardo is the top returner at the plate and in the circle for the Dust Devils. Gallardo finished the season with a .325 batting average, 17 runs, 53 hits and 29 RBIs. She also threw 122 innings, for a 3.98 ERA and a 7-5 record. Kyndall Reaves is the other key returning pitcher for TAMUI, with a 5.18 ERA, 8-10 record and 30 strikeouts.
Against the Dust Devils
Last season the Lady Tigers earned two five-inning wins over TAMUI at the Midwestern State tournament (9-0/11-3).
Kaci Snider led ECU at the plate in the 2013 series, hitting .833, with three runs, five hits, two home runs and four RBIs. Brianna Nunley earned a win in the circle, with six strikeouts.
Scouting St. Mary’s
The Rattlers claimed the 2013 Heartland Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional with a 45-15 record. St. Mary’s now has three seniors and seven freshmen on the 2014 roster.
Emily Brittain is the top returning pitcher for the Rattlers, with a 1.98 ERA, 27-6 record, 192 hits allowed and 105 strikeouts. Nicole Sardelich is the top returner at the plate, with a .444 average, 58 runs and 87 hits.
Against the Rattlers