Cassandra Nordie hit a two-run homer and Wanda Malone picked up the pitching victory as East Central University held off Tarleton State 4-2 Friday to open play in the Lone Star Conference Crossover Softball Tournament at the Texas Bank Complex.

ECU later turned back Incarnate Word 2-1.

ECU 4, Tarleton State 2

Nordie’s two-out, two-run homer down the left field line in the fourth lifted ECU to a 2-0 advantage. After an infield single to the shortstop by Whitney Harris, followed by a wild pitch which advanced her to second, Desiree’ Nordie singled up the middle to bring home Harris for the 3-0 lead.

Tarleton got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on Kelsey Latta’s two-out, solo-home run.

The Lady Tigers added an unearned run in the fifth to make it 4-1 as Shelby Simmons scored off an error after an Emily Kennemer single.

The TexAnns threatened in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 4-2 on Rebecca Wessels’ two-out, RBI single.

Tarleton had two runners in scoring position when Malone finally got the last batter to pop up to Kennemer at first base to end the game.

Malone pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits and only one walk while striking out nine. Both TexAnn runs were earned.

Cassandra Nordie and Kennemer each went 2-for-3 from the plate as ECU finished with six hits. Kennemer also doubled once in the contest.

Tarleton starter Samantha Swanda (8-9) suffered the loss after working the first 3.2 innings and allowing three earned runs off four hits with one walk and a strikeout. Randi Fentress came on in relief and allowed the one unearned run off two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Wessels went 2-for-3 with the one late RBI and teammate Alexandra Orf was 2-for-2.

ECU 2, Incarnate Word 1

Cami Correa’s one-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh enabled the Lady Tigers to rally for the victory.

Nicole Sanchez led off with a single to left before moving up to second when Simmons reached on a fielder’s choice. After Kennemer executed a sacrifice bunt to place both runners in scoring position, Correa doubled down the right field line with what proved to be the game-winning hit.

Malone (13-4) worked all seven innings again as she allowed the single unearned run off two hits with 11 strikeouts and just one walk.

Sanchez went 2-for-4 from the plate while Simmons was 2-for-3. Correa went 1-for-2 with the heroic double.

 UIW hurler Briana Sanchez pitched all seven innings and allowed eight hits with a pair of walks and nine strikeouts.

The Cardinals’ lone run, which was unearned, came on Monica Acuna’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to make it 1-0.

ECU, 21-8 on the season, played two more games in the LSC Crossover Tournament on Saturday, facing Texas Woman’s and Eastern New Mexico.

The Lady Tigers battled West Texas A&M early this morning and will  face second-ranked Angelo State at 2:30 p.m. to wrap up play in the event.

Tiger baseballers drop 9-3 decision

in first game of series at West Texas A&M

 CANYON, Texas – Host West Texas A&M pounded out 12 hits and limited East Central University to four as the Buffaloes rolled to a 9-3 Lone Star Conference baseball decision over the Tigers Friday night at Wilder Park.

Jess Cooper and Jordan Easom each went 3-for-4 from the plate, accounting for half of the WTAMU total hits.

ECU, which dropped to 9-22 on the season and 5-17 in the LSC, picked up a single run in the third inning and tallied the other two in the seventh.

Jonathan Ramos drove in two of the Tiger runs with an RBI single in the third and knocked in a run off a fielder’s choice groundout in the seventh.

Justin Gibson’s sacrifice fly led to the other ECU score in the seventh.

There were no Tigers with more than one hit.

Starter Will Grimes (3-3) was charged with the loss after working five innings. Of the eight runs he allowed, seven were earned as he walked two and struck out one. Cale Hamilton pitched the final three frames, allowing an earned run off a solo-homer by Easom, to go with one walk and four strikeouts.

Buff starter Justin Kuks got the win after pitching six innings allowing the three earned runs off three hits with six walks and four strikeouts.