SHAWNEE – Knowing they needed three wins to make a return trip to the NAIA Baseball National Championship tournament, the Drover baseball team started off its postseason play with a 5-0 shutout against fourth-seeded Wayland Baptist.
In the regular season, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma(26-21) and the Pioneers (32-21) battled to one-run games in all three contests of the series, but that wasn’t the case in post-season, as the Drovers crossed the plate five times and a solid performance on the mound kept the Pioneers at bay.
SHAWNEE – The Drovers, now 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, dropped in extra innings in Thursday’s second game to Mid-America Christian, a team that is making a much-needed run in the tournament.
In the previous game, seventh-seeded MACU (32-26) upset No.15 Oklahoma Baptist, the tournament’s second-seed.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-23) fell to the Evangels 8-5 in the ninth inning.
CHICKASHA – The Drovers head into postseason knowing they need three wins to make it into the NAIA Baseball National Championship tournament, but it’s something pitcher Josh Terrell said is more than possible.
“That’s been the goal since day one is to make it back,” he said. “We’re on a hot streak, and I really like our chances to make it.”
While the season is ending strong with nine consecutive conference wins for three consecutive conference sweeps, the Drovers (25-21) began the season struggling to find a rhythm.
SHAWNEE – The Drovers began their postseason on a high note, defeating Northwood University 7-1 in the first game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament thanks to a six-run final inning.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-22) allowed NU’s Alexia Taylor to score in the bottom of the second inning. The Knights (16-40) maintained their lead until the top of the fifth inning when Dani Warren bunted in first baseman Sara Reeves, who earned her spot on base with a walk.