CHICKASHA – The Drovers start their second-to-last conference series with a win after a quick home game against Mid-America Christian on Thursday afternoon.
The nine-inning game, which only took two hours and 10 minutes, saw just one pitcher from each team on the mound. In the end, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (20-20, 10-12) bested the Evangels (12-26, 7-15) with a 2-1 final.
Sophomore Josh Terrell (4-5) pitched the entire nine innings, facing 37 batters and throwing more than 130 pitches. He struck out nine batters without recording a walk or an earned run.
In the game, despite making good connection with the ball, it took nearly five innings for either team score.
In the fifth inning, USAO’s Spenser Mailman singled to the Evangel shortstop to start off; he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Francisco Bolaños. Twice, the pitch got passed the catcher, advancing Mailman to third and then home on a subsequent play.
Two innings later, the Evangels tied it up on an unearned run of their own. With no other runs, the game was forced into the bottom of the ninth.
In the ninth with two outs on the board, pinch hitter Blake Scannell scored the winning run from first base off a double down the left line by Ryan Wescott.
The first pitch of Thursday’s game was bumped up three hours in an attempt to beat out the afternoon’s potential wet weather.
The Drovers and Evangels will finish the series at Mid-America Christian for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
USAO’s next home game is a non-conference nine-inning game against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Monday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.