Drovers fall after intense battle

CHICKASHA – After an intense 10-innings of baseball, the University of Central Oklahoma overtook the Drovers 9-8 on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

Early in the game, things were not looking good for the Drovers, who were down 4-0 when the bottom of the fifth began. Jake Dunbar, who’d gotten on base with a single to left field, was walked across home. Robert Summers then scored on a wild pitch.

With the score now 4-2, Cody Bridgman doubled, bringing both Chance Hill and Conner Bridgman home.

Hill scored again in the bottom of the seventh, crossing home off an RBI by Andrew Reyes and tying the game again at 5-5.

The Drovers took the lead for the first time in the next inning when Conner Bridgman hit a sacrifice fly to bring Romus Cezar in.

In the top of the ninth, USAO gave up three runs and went into the bottom of the inning needing three to win.

Patience helped the Drovers, who got their next run when the bases were loaded and Vince Linke was hit by a pitch, bringing Brandon Jewett in. Shortly after, Summers walked and Regulo Moy scored.

The game went into extra innings, but UCO’s Austin Rycroft hit a home run in the 10th inning. But Drovers could not answer, giving the Bronchos the victory.

The Drovers now sit at 9-5 overall. They continue conference play on Thursday with a home game against Saint Gregory’s University, beginning at 2 p.m.
 

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Published: March 1, 2011