CHICKASHA – The Drovers split with the Saint Mary Spires in the doubleheader to finish the four-games series, which the Drovers took 3-1.
The Drovers (9-2) started off the first game of the day with senior left fielder Jared Coon’s solo homer in the second at bat of the game.
Up 1-0 early, the Drovers struggled to get on base in the next several innings. Saint Mary was able to tie the score with a single in the fifth inning.
Still tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Drovers loaded the bases with two outs and first baseman Zach Gonzalez hit a strong single to left field, scoring Blake McMullen for the 2-1 win. McMullen was courtesy running for catcher Owen Adams, who had been intentionally walked.
Seth Sturgeon started the game, throwing three strikeouts, but it was Josh Goodman who earned the win on Saturday afternoon after pitching the final two innings.
Game two, however, didn’t go USAO’s way. After giving up two runs in the first inning, the Drovers tied up the game in the fourth when center fielder Brian Vigo hit a two-RBI homer to score himself and Heath Wilda, who went 3-for-4 in the second game. It was Vigo’s third home run of the season and second in the series.
Two innings later, the Drovers took the lead when Gonzalez and Austin Ardrey scored off a left field double by designated hitter Chance Hill.
USAO needed just three outs to claim the victory and a series sweep, but the Spires refused to go home without a win. In the top of the seventh, the Spires scored one before USM’s Joe Haak hit a two-RBI homer to give the team a one-run lead.
The Drovers couldn't recoup in the bottom of the inning and the Spires went on to win 5-4.
The Drovers move on in non-conference action and are scheduled to play Friends University at home in a three-game series next weekend. A single nine-inning game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, with a doubleheader the following day also beginning at 1 p.m.