DURANT – Southeastern exploded for five runs in the sixth inning to rally past East Central 9-3 Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in the first official game at the renamed Mike Metheny Field.
East Central fell to 6-32 on the spring, while the rival Savage Storm improved to 15-18.
Drew Bolin and Davis Jenks turned in two-hit efforts for SOSU. Asher High School product Caleb Dubler went 1-for-3 and scored two runs for the hosts. Slayde Ortiz drove in three runs on the contest without the aid of a hit.
Josh Lincoln led East Central, finishing 3-for-5, and drove in a run and scored a run. Hunter Rogers finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Cordell Bowie went 2-for-5.
East Central outhit Southeastern 12-8 but committed six errors. The Tigers led 3-1 before SOSU’s fifth-inning outburst.
The Storm used seven pitchers, with reliever Kason Grant recording the mound win. He faced four batters and allowed one hit.
Four ECU pitchers saw action, with reliever Hunter Pogue absorbing the loss. Starter Ryan Collins worked four innings, struck out five, walked one and allowed just one earned run. Pogue tossed two innings and gave up a walk, a hit and one earned run (four unearned).
ECU is scheduled to host Northwestern Oklahoma State Friday and Saturday for a three-game Great American Conference series.
Southeastern sports information director Matt Thomas contributed to this report.