CHICKASHA – The Drovers found mixed success on Saturday afternoon against the University of Saint Mary in the final doubleheader of the four game series at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (8-4) dropped in game one before recovering to win the second game and split the series 2-2.
In game one, USM got off to some early success, scoring one run in the first inning. They put eight more in during the fourth and fifth innings.
The Drovers scored their first run of the day when Warren Stehn made it home off a ground out by catcher Owen Adams in the fourth inning. Stehn went 3-for-4 in the first game, scoring two runs.
Following the play, Rafael Pena doubled to right field and scored off an RBI single by Spenser Mailman.
Trailing 9-2 heading into the bottom of fifth, Chris Musick hit a solo homer to narrow the deficit.
The Drovers’ final three runs came in the bottom of the seventh off a perfectly placed doubled by Jaime Gurrola; Stehn, Eddie Malone and Ryan Wescott scored on the play. The late rally was not enough and the Drovers dropped 9-3.
Solid pitching by the Drovers in the second game was the difference maker as the Drovers went on to win 3-1.
Josh Terrell (2-0), a redshirt sophomore, threw 6.2 innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters. He didn’t walk a single batter and came out with no earned runs.
Isaac Rodriguez pitched the final one-third inning to grab the save, his second of the year. He struck out the only batter he faced.
In the second game, the Drovers scored first as triple by Wescott sent home Joe Black and Blake Scannell in the second inning.
Black, who went 2-for-3 in the game, scored the Drovers’ only other run off a sacrifice fly by Musick in the fourth inning.
The Drovers travel to Arlington Baptist to play a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader before opening conference play against No. 5 Oklahoma City.
The Drovers and the Stars face on Thursday afternoon in Oklahoma City before playing a doubleheader the following day at Bill Smith Ballpark. First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m.