Softball Falls in Final Games of St. Mary’s Classic
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – After a four hour weather delay to the start of the final day of the St. Mary’s Classic, the East Central University softball team fell to St. Edward’s, 1-3 in nine innings, and Texas A&M Kingsville, 6-12.
The Lady Tigers (1-3) were led by sophomore Leah Tigert, who hit .444 for the day on four hits, including two doubles. Tigert also added one run and one RBI. Senior Gina Mengwasser added a .429 average on three hits, with one RBI.
Sophomore Lacey Paulk had a strong day in the circle, throwing a complete game in the opener against St. Edward’s. She tallied a 1.00 ERA, with four hits allowed and nine strikeouts.
ECU is now scheduled to participate in the Southeastern Regional Invitational, Feb. 7-9 in Durant, Okla., where they will play six games against NCAA Central Regional opponents.
Game 1 – St. Edward’s 3, ECU 1 (9)
In the opening game of the day, the Lady Tigers allowed SEU to earn the first run of the game in the top of the first to trail 0-1.
ECU got going in the bottom of the fourth when they tied the game at one. Sophomore Autumn Suydam started things off with a double to left field. After two outs were recorded, sophomore Sydney Dow set Suydam home on a single to right field.
The teams would both pick up their defense in the next four innings, forcing the game into two extra innings. Unfortunately for ECU it was the Hilltoppers who were able to get the winning runs, scoring two in the top of the ninth.
Game 2 – Texas A&M Kingsville 12, ECU 6
Shortly after the conclusion of game one, the Lady Tigers hit the field to face TAMK and allowed the Javelins to score the first two runs of the game, with a run in the first and second.
In the bottom of the second the ECU bats came alive, allowing for six runs scored and a 6-2 advantage.
Sophomore Lauren Reeves started the inning by drawing a walk and remained on first as the next batter recorded the first out of the inning. Freshman Nicole Nordie sent Reeves to second after reaching on an error and Tigert sent Reeves home with a single down the left side.
Suydam loaded the bases after reaching on an error, setting up junior Samantha McGraw for an RBI when she singled down the right side. Dow sent another run across the plate when she reached on an error and Mengwasser added a fourth run with a single up the middle.
The bases were still loaded for junior Kayci Snider, who sent two runs home with a fielder’s choice.
ECU held onto the lead for the next inning before TAMK scored eight runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead. The Javelins added to more runs in the top of the seventh for the 6-12 final.
Baseball Drops Opening Games of 2014 to Cameron
ADA – The East Central University baseball team fell 1-2 and 1-7 to Cameron University in the opening games of the 2014 season at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (0-2) tallied 11 hits in the two games and allowed 13. Juniors Luc Pomales, Garrett Donohoe and Nick Spini all garnered two hits, including a double, each. Spini added an RBI and hit .333 for the series.
Junior Lucas Kaplan threw a complete game in the opener, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out two. Junior Icezack Flemming threw the first two innings of the second game, allowing seven hits and seven runs, while striking out seven batters.
The teams were slated to play a third game in the series, Sunday, Feb. 9, but it has been cancelled due to the impending winter weather in the area.
Game 1 – Cameron 2, ECU 1
The Aggies (2-0) opened the scoring with a run in the second and added a second in the sixth before ECU was able to get on the board.
The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, with two outs on the scoreboard. Donohoe started things off with a double to right center and was sent home on a double from Spini to right center in the next at-bat.
ECU had a chance to tie in the bottom of the seventh, with a runner on second and two outs after senior Ethan Gold hit a single down the right field line as a pinch hitter. However, the next batter popped up to the third baseman to end the game.
Game 2 – Cameron 7, ECU 1
Cameron opened the second game of the day with a run in the first inning. The Aggies added three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 0-7 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, ECU earned its lone run of the game. Spini started the inning with a single to right field and went sent to third on a double by Pomales down the left field line. Junior David Terrazas earned the RBI after he grounded out to second.
Softball Splits Opening Games at St. Mary’s Classic
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The East Central University softball team fell in the opening game of the 2014 season to Texas A&M International (1-7), but then rebounded with a win against St. Mary’s (5-2), who received votes in the preseason NFCA Coaches Poll.
The Lady Tigers (1-1) were led by sophomore Sydney Dow, with three hits, one run and an RBI. Dow garnered a double and a home run in two starts for ECU. Sophomore Leah Tigert added two hits and two RBIs, include a game-tying home run against the Rattlers.
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.
TAMI added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth for the 1-7 final.
Women’s Tennis Falls in Opening Matches of 2014
SPRINGFIELD, MO. – The East Central University women’s tennis team started the 2014 season with losses to No. 24 Drury (0-8) and Washburn (4-5).
The Lady Tigers got singles with from junior Elisabeth Dignard, senior Agostina Moran and freshman Julia Municoy and a doubles win from juniors Kelsey Kerr and Bernardita Muscillo.
ECU is scheduled to open the home portion of the 2014 season, Saturday, Feb. 8 at noon against Central Oklahoma at the ECU Tennis Courts.
Match 2 - Washburn 5, East Central 4
ECU started the match by taking one of three doubles points. Junior Aurelie Rodriguez and Dignard first fell to Jodie Blackhim and Kristen Holle, 3-8 at No. 1 doubles. The Lady Tigers then tied the match at one-point each when Kerr and Muscillo claimed an 8-3 win over Nzingha Baugs and Maria Moral at No. 3 doubles. Washburn earned the final doubles point with a 5-8 win at No. 2 doubles.
Dignard tied the match at two-points each with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Moral at No. 3 singles. Washburn took the next two points at No. 1 and No. 2 singles for a 2-4 lead.
Moran gave ECU the next point, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Holle at No. 4 singles. Municoy then tied the match at four, with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Gwen Shepler at No. 5 singles.
However, Washburn took No. 6 singles for the 4-5 win.
Match 1 – No. 24 Drury 8, East Central 0
Drury started the match by earning all three doubles points, but the Lady Tigers fought hard at No. 1 doubles and fell by just two. Rodriguez and Dignard were defeated by Stefanie Monsch and Lara Muller 6-8.
Municoy had strong outing at No. 5 singles by taking one set from Samanta Zambrano. Municoy lost the first set 5-7 then earned a 6-2 win in the second before falling 14-12 in the tie-breaker.
Men’s Tennis Falls in Opening Marches of 2014
SPRINGFIELD, MO. – The East Central University men’s tennis team dropped its opening matches of the 2014 season to No. 29 Drury (0-9) and Washburn (4-5).
The Tigers saw singles wins from senior Julian Caminos and freshman Stefan Schodlbauer. ECU also saw doubles victories by juniors Max DeJuan and Marc Fillat at No. 2 doubles and junior Nate Kipping and Schodlbauer at No. 3 doubles.
The Tigers will next be in action, Friday, Feb. 14 when they are set to face Newman and Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
Match 2 - Washburn 5, East Central 4
ECU started the match on the right track, taking two of the three doubles points. After No. 1 doubles fell, Kipping and Schodlbauer earned a 9-8 (7-2) win over Chance joust and Jake Long at No. 3 doubles. DeJuan and Fillat then gave the Tigers the lead, with an 8-6 win over Thilo Schlenker and Marko Keulers at No. 2 doubles.
Caminos pushed the lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Schlenker at No. 3 singles. However, Washburn took the next four singles points to earn the win. After the match was decided, Schodlbauer added a fourth point for ECU, with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Long at No. 6 singles.
Match 1 – No. 29 Drury 9, East Central 0
While the Tigers fell in all three doubles matches, all three duos were close scores. Senior Andrew Cabato and Caminos were the first to finish at No. 1 doubles, falling 8-3 to Andy Blair and Sergio Manaznas. Schodlbauer and Kipping then fell 8-5 at No. 3 doubles to Christian Ibsen and Jakub Sipos.
The finals duo at doubles was a tighter battle, with Fillat and DeJuan falling to Lukas Kriem and Maximilian Hepp 9-8 (7-4) at No. 2 doubles.
In singles action two ECU players went into tie-breaker sets with the Panthers. Caminos fell 6-2 in the opening set before earning a 6-3 win in set two. Caminos then fell 11-7 in the tie-breaker to Sipos at No. 3 singles.
Cabato was strong at No. 4 singles against Ibsen. Cabato took the first set 7-5 before falling 4-6 and 7-10 in the next two.