Ada — Sophomore Lacey Paulk earned the win for the Lady Tigers in the circle, with a complete game. Paulk allowed seven hits and two runs, while striking out nine batters.
ECU hit .404 as a team, with 11 hits and six RBIs. The Lady Tigers allowed a .389 batting average, with 14 hits and eight RBIs.
ECU will remain in San Antonio for the final day of the St. Mary’s Classic, Sunday, Feb. 2 when they face St. Edward’s (10 a.m.) and Texas A&M Kingsville (Noon).
Game 2 – ECU 5, St. Mary’s 2
In the second game of the day, the opening four innings were all about defense, as both teams held each other scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when St. Mary’s garnered two runs.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Tigers bats came alive. Sophomore Autumn Suydam started the inning with a single back at the pitcher and was sent around when Tigert hit a home run down the right field line in the next at-bat to tie the game at two.
Junior Lauren Reeves was put on base after being hit by a pitch as the next batter and advanced to second on a bunt single by junior Samantha McGraw. Senior Gina Mengwasser sent them both up a base on a sacrifice bunt. The bases were then loaded on an intentional walk of Dow.
After the second out of the inning was recorded, sophomore Jordynn VanPelt added the game-winning run on a single up the middle. Sophomore Amanda Edmundson added the final two runs of the game on a single for the 5-2 win.
Game 1 – Texas A&M International 7, ECU 1
The Lady Tigers struggled in the opening game of the year, allowing the Dust Devils to score first, with five runs in the third.
Dow scored the lone run for ECU in the fifth inning with a home run down the left field line.