Sweeping Lewis & Clark Community College Friday, the East Central College softball Falcons improved to 4-0 on the season.
The Falcons won the first game, 8-0, and completed the sweep with an 8-3 win.
The Falcons host Southwest Illinois College (SWIC) Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Central Methodist JV squad visits Union Thursday.
East Central will play Friday at St. Charles Community College in a doubleheader which originally was scheduled for Monday.
Sophomore Ashley Miller (South Callaway) tossed a two-hit shutout in the opener. She also walked one and struck out five.
“Ashley Miller was ‘on’ and hitting her spots, allowing only three baserunners,” East Central Head Coach Brad Wallach said. “This was her second shutout but she had much better command than in the first one.”
Miller got all the offensive support she needed in the bottom of the first with two runs. East Central scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings before ending the game early with three runs in the fifth.
“We hit up and down the lineup and scored in every inning,” Wallach said. “That’s the kind of offensive pressure that can keep a team on its heels.”
Sophomores Alayna Abney (Owensville) and Jensen Crenshaw (Canton) had two hits apiece. Abney drove in a run. Crenshaw had the lone extra-base hit, a double, stole a base, scored and drove in a run.
One-hit batters were Meg Barger (Kennedy), Marissa Boyd (Union), Kori Fiedler (Union), Megan Micke (Washington) and Samantha White (Jefferson, Festus).
Barger, a freshman, also sacrificed, stole a base and scored.
Boyd, a freshman, added a walk, a sacrifice, a run and two RBIs.
Fiedler, a freshman, had one run.
Micke, a sophomore, stole two bases, scored a run and drove in two.
White, a sophomore, also walked, stole a base and scored a run.
Freshman Seeley Friend (Newburg) recorded a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
Freshman Taylor Ruth (Owensville) walked and scored.
In the second game, the Falcons had to fight from behind after Lewis & Clark scored three times in the top of the first.
“You never like to be down 3-0 in the first inning, but it was a good test for us,” Wallach said. “I was happy with the way we kept our composure and worked our way back.”
The Falcons tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the third. East Central took the lead with a run in the fourth and added four insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Freshman Shelby Carr (Salem) got her first pitching start and went four innings. She allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out one.
Sophomore Abby Ray (St. James) tossed the final three innings, allowing one walk.
“Shelby Carr’s first career start was a little rocky at first, but she held it together to complete four innings and give us a chance to come back and get the win,” Wallach said. “Then, Abby Ray did a great job of shutting them down the last three innings.”
Crenshaw was the hitting leader with three in the game. She also scored twice and drove in one.
Friend and White had two hits apiece.
Friend drove in three runs while White also walked twice, stole a base and scored twice.
Boyd and Micke had the other two hits. Boyd also drove in two. Micke added a run and an RBI.
Barger and freshman Amber Struemph (St. Elizabeth) each walked and scored.
Ruth scored a run.