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April 11, 2014

OBU buries East Central

Ada — The East Central University baseball team dropped a non-conference game against Oklahoma Baptist, 23-4, at Tiger Field.

The Tigers (22-16) were led by junior Garrett Donohoe, who tallied two hits, one run and one RBI. Junior Luc Pomales led the team with two RBIs on one hit and one run scored.

The day got out to a quick start for the Bison (33-6) who tallied eight runs in the top of the first.

ECU scored its first run in the bottom of the first. Senior Josh Lavender earned a lead-off walk, was sent to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. That allowed him to score when Donohoe grounded out to second.

OBU added 10 runs in the second for an 18-1 lead before the Tigers added two runs in the bottom of the third for an 18-3 deficit. Donohoe led off with a double and was sent home when Pomales hit his third home run of the season.

The Bison added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 23-3 advantage.

ECU was able to add one more run in the bottom of the seventh, but  couldn’t make up the huge deficit. Junior Eric Swann singled, junior Ty Huie doubled and sophomore Gavan Susca was walked to load the bases. The run was then scored when the OBU pitcher sent an errant pitch past the catcher.

Oklahoma Baptist was led by Shakeel Newton, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Steven Knudson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in OBU’s 18-hit attack.

OBU pitcher Richard Lucas (4-1) struck out nine and allowed just three runs in five innings to earn the mound win. Michael Andrade lasted just one inning in absorbing the loss. ECU used six different pitchers in the contest.

The Tigers will be at home this weekend for the final Great American Conference home series of the 2014 season. ECU will host Southwestern Oklahoma State for a double-header at 1 p.m. today and a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

The weekend is the annual Alumni Weekend and Saturday will be Senior Day where the Tigers will honor their five seniors before the first pitch.

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