CHICKASHA – Led by three home runs and eight RBIs from senior Kevin Carby the University of Science and Arts took both games of Monday’s doubleheader against Hillsdale College by run-rule. With the 15-1 and 10-0 victories, USAO improved to 31-10 on the season.
The Drovers have been making history all year, and Monday’s games lifted the team to only its second 30-win season in school history. USAO only needs one more win to match its best season (32-20 in 2000). The team has a chance at history with a three-game series this week against No. 19 Southern Nazarene. SNU is only game ahead of USAO for third place in the conference standings.
Chickasha’s Kai Kirby got things started early in Monday’s game with a leadoff home run, but it was Carby who stole the show with two home runs in game one and another in game two. The senior shortstop is hitting .471 for the season and has six homers in his last five games.
For the day USAO posted 17 hits and stole 13 bases. The Drovers also made the most of 10 Hillsdale errors during the doubleheader.
Brandt Lierle and Greg Ylda added two hits in game one as Brandon Dean and Colby Snider combined to allow four hits with nine strikeouts.
In game two Kirby, Lierle and Brad Sylvester posted two hits as Matt Sopic improved to 4-2 on the season. He gave up only three hits in four innings with six strikeouts.
The team gets back into the conference schedule Thursday with a nine-inning game at SNU beginning at 3 p.m. The series wraps up at Bill Smith Ballpark beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tuesday’s doubleheader at Friends University has been moved to Monday.