CHICKASHA – The Drovers’ offense fired away in the first three innings in Friday afternoon’s conference game against Southwestern Assemblies of God, scoring 20 runs to put the game away early.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (13-16, 4-9) secured its 20-1 victory over the Lions (14-18, 5-8) after seven innings when the game was called because of the mercy rule.
It was a powerful first inning that really put the game out of reach for the Lions. After a quick 1-2-3 top of the inning, the Drovers turned around to run completely through the line up twice, scoring 14 runs before the inning was over.
The Drovers grabbed another run in the second before giving up SAGU’s lone unearned run in the top of the third. Five runs in the bottom of that inning completed Friday’s total.
Rafael Peña went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, scoring two runs and batting in three others. Warren Stehn went 3-for-4, also with two runs and three RBIs.
Eddie Malone went 2-for-2 at the plate, crossing home three times and batting in an additional four runs. Chris Musick scored four runs and had two RBIs on the day while lead-off hitter Ryan Wescott drove in three runs and scored twice himself.
On the mound, Chris Fischer (3-5) pitched the first five innings, throwing five strikeouts and just four hits. Dave Abney spent the final two innings on the mound without giving up a single hit.
The teams will finish the series on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader set to begin at noon at Bill Smith Ballpark.