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East Central takes rubber game of series, beating OC 7-3

OC's Cory Eastwood had two hits in the Eagles' loss at East Central on Tuesday.
OC's Cory Eastwood had two hits in the Eagles' loss at East Central on Tuesday.

ADA, Okla. (March 19, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian outhit East Central 11-9 but the Eagles stranded 10 runners on base, allowing ECU to win 7-3 on Tuesday at Tiger Field in the rubber match of the three-game series between the baseball teams.

OC (15-10) left two runners on base in each of the first three innings. ECU (7-19) jumped on OC starter Kacy Cook for three runs in the third inning and never trailed after that.

Cook (0-1) walked Sam Malchar, then hit Benny Woodard with a pitch and Jake Caton followed with a triple to left-center field to make it 2-1. Mac Grace’s double scored Caton and put the Tigers up 3-1.

Doubles by Dillon Andrews and Blake Stringer in the top of the fifth pulled OC within 3-2. The Eagles had two batters on base with two out, but ECU reliever Hernan Vivas (1-1) came on to strike out Garrett Stephenson.

Grace’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth made it 4-2 and the Tigers added another run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on run-scoring singles by Josh Lavender and Justin Sutherland, making it 7-2.

OC had three hits in the ninth and pulled within 7-3 with two runners on base, but Garrett Guys grounded into a double play to end the game.

Andrews led OC, going 3-for-5, while Stringer and Cory Eastwood had two hits each.

OC and the Tigers had split a doubleheader played in Oklahoma City on Saturday.