Bentonville, AR —
The East Central University softball team saw its run in the 2013 Great American Conference Tournament come to an end with Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Henderson State.
“This weekend had some ups and downs,” said head coach Destini Anderson. “Getting in the losers bracket and having to battle back was tough, but we showed a lot of heart. I’m extremely pleased with this season as a whole and how we came together as a team.”
The Lady Tigers (43-12) saw two hits from sophomore Lauren Bancroft. Sophomore Brianna Nunley suffered the loss in the circle, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out four.
The Lady Reddies (23-31) scored single runs in the bottom of the first and bottom of the sixth.
ECU left at least on runner on base in each of the first six innings, stranding seven throughout the game.
Three freshmen from the Lady Tiger’s roster made the 2013 GAC All-Tournament team for their efforts over the past four days.
Lacey Paulk was named to the team as a pitcher after recording a 2-1 record and a 1.83 ERA. Paulk allowed 12 hits and four runs, while striking out nine in 15.1 innings of work.
Leah Tigert earned a spot on the team after leading ECU with a .600 average in five games. Tigert tallied nine hits, scored three runs, tallied seven RBIs and five putouts.
Autumn Suydam was also named to the team after a .545 average. Suydam tallied six hits, three runs, one RBI, was 2-2 in stolen bases and had seven put outs.
Two members of the Lady Tigers squad played, what may be their final games in an orange and black uniform; seniors Ali Manship and Shelby Simmons.
Manship made an immediate impact on the 2012 edition of the Lady Tigers both in the circle and at the plate. She was named the Great American Conference Newcomer of the Year, to the All-GAC First team and the GAC All-Academic Team after finishing fifth in the conference in pitching wins and third in saves. She started her senior season with back-to-back GAC Player of the week honors, earning the pitcher of the week for February 5 and Player of the Week February 12 and was named to the 2013 All-GAC Second Team.