DECATUR, AL –Ashley Soos and Taylor Miner continued their torrid hitting, but it was not enough as the Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers fell twice to East Central Community College here Monday, dropping the opener 9-5 and losing the nightcap 7-5.
Soos had seven hits on the afternoon and Miner had three hits, including her third home run of the season, and three runs batted in.
Although outhitting East Central 14-13 in the opener, a six-run fifth inning was the downfall for the Lady Tigers. After spotting ECCC a 2-0 lead, MMI battled back with one in the fourth as Rachel Gauspohl walked, advanced to third on Whitney Bennett's double and scored on Emily Tarango's RBI single. The Lady Tigers added three in the fifth as Soos walked and came in when Ashley Strength doubled. Gauspohl singled in Strength and scored when Andie Lopez had a bases loaded infield single. However, MMI left the bases loaded. EC pulled ahead after tying the score at 4-4 in the fifth and added four more in the inning with two out to assume command of the game.
MMI closed the gap as Miner walloped her third home run of the year, scoring Soos who had doubled, but that was as close as the Lady Tigers could get.
Soos had three hits while Strength, Anderson, Lopez and Tarango each added two hits.
MMI struck first in the nightcap, but fell behind quickly as ECCC pushed across four runs in the first and added two in the second.
Back-to-back doubles by Soos and Miner got the Lady Tigers on the board in the first, but ECCC scored four in the first and added two in the second on Ty Buckley's two-run homer that proved to be the decisive blow as MMI's comeback fell short.
Trailing 6-1, the Lady Tigers scored in the third as Soos doubled, scored on an error and Miner followed with an RBI single, scoring Athena Sayrie who had reached on the miscue. MMI used a single by Soos, a double by Strength with Soos scoring on the play and Gauspohl driving in the final run with an RBI single to close the gap to 6-5, but that ended the Lady Tigers' scoring.
Along with Soos and Miner, the Lady Tigers got three hits from Tarango, Strength, and Anderson and two each from Gauspohl and Lopez in the double header
Lauren Camacho went the distance in both games, talking the losses.
"We hit the ball really well today," head coach Kristi Basso said as her team fell to 3-5 despite banging out 24 hits in the two games. "However, we did not play well enough defensively to win."
MMI returns to action Wednesday, visiting Bishop State in a rematch of the season opener that BSCC swept.