It didn’t take long for the Drovers to score several runs, setting the tone for the 18-8 win over Mid-America Christian on Friday afternoon.
USAO led 5-0 at the end of the first after Cody Bridgman, of Bow, Wash., knocked one out of the park, bringing in two other runners along with himself. Bridgman went four for four, batting five runners in and scoring three runs during the game.
Junior Jake Dunbar, from Lantzville, British Columbia, brought another three runs in on a home run in the third inning. He batted .500, had five RBIs and scored three runs on Friday afternoon.
Catcher David Masters, of Odessa, Texas, hit two home runs in the game. He hit three of five and had three RBIs and scored three runs.
The game ended in the seventh inning after Andrew Reyes, from Surrey, British Colombia, scored the 18th run off an RBI from Bridgman. The game was called early because of a mercy rule that ends the game when one team is up by more than 10 runs in or after the seventh inning.
Reyes went three of five with three RBIs and three runs scored during the game.
The Drovers used four pitchers during the game. Junior Garan Qualls, of Statford, was given the win, having pitched 2.1 innings. Qualls allowed only one hit and threw three strikeouts in his time on the mound.
Junior Caleb Martin, who is normally a starter for the Drovers, closed the game, allowing only two hits and throwing two strikeouts.
The Drovers will finish the series with a doubleheader on Saturday at MACU. They will then head to Kansas to play Friends University in another doubleheader before returning to Chickasha for a single game against the University of Central Oklahoma.
The Drovers have an overall record of 20-6 and are 7-6 in the conference.