CHICKASHA – The Drovers opened conference play on Friday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark, taking both games from the Wayland Baptist Pioneers.
The Drovers, who start the season 19-3, will finish their series against the Pioneers at home for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Friday’s first game was a pitching battle, which the Drovers won 1-0. Blake McMullen (6-0) threw nine strikeouts in his seven-inning complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits and no walks for the game.
CHICKASHA – With 17 wins before hitting conference play, the Drover baseball team is off to what might be the best start in the program’s history.
“A lot of things are going really well for us. Pitching, defense, offense — it’s all coming together,” senior pitcher David Garcia said. “We are just ready to start playing in conference and ready to win.”
As a senior on the mound, Garcia is 5-0 with 20 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. He is expected to be a starting conference pitcher all season.
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CHICKASHA – The USAO men’s basketball team will be returning to Kansas City for the first time since 2009 after qualifying for the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament on Wednesday.
The Drovers (17-9) will actually kick off the tournament, playing in the first game at 9 a.m. Wednesday against Southwestern Assemblies of God (29-4). SAGU will become a regular opponent as they join the SAC beginning next season.
CHICKASHA – The Drovers won both games of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader against Morningside College to advance to 10-6 on the season.
After traveling all the way from Iowa, it was the Morningside Mustangs who struck first, scoring in the third inning of the first game. The Drovers retaliated in the bottom of that inning with a run by Markie LaFerney off a single by shortstop Taylor Smith.
The Drovers took the lead in the following inning when Kayla Adams dove over the catcher to land on home plate off a single by Mindi Locke.