CHICKASHA – In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Drovers split against conference rival Southern Nazarene, giving the Crimson Storm the 2-1 edge on the series.
It was Jared Coon and his two home runs that gave the Drovers the win in game one. Coon homered to right field in the first inning, scoring himself and teammate Newt Compton.
The Drovers held on to their lead until SNU tied the game in the top of the seventh inning.
USAO responded with Coon’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Konrad Mueller and Brandon Jewett scored.
Adam Wilson, a junior from Victoria, B.C., pitched the complete game, striking out eight batters.
After pulling off the late win in game one, the Drovers came out in the second game hoping for another victory.
SNU got on the board first with a run in the second inning. The Drovers responded with a solo homer by Jewett at the bottom of the inning.
The Storm scored again in the next inning, but the Drovers came out with four. They had the bases loaded when Heath Wilda was hit by the pitch, scoring Romus Cezar. Brian Vigo then hit a single to center field, scoring Coon and Compton. Wilda scored later in the inning.
The Drovers gave up three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Coon scored his fourth run of the day — and second of the game. Wilda and Jewett also scored in that inning.
Tied a 8-8 going into the seventh, the Drovers gave up a final run in the top of the inning and ended up falling 9-8 to the Storm.
The Drovers are 10-10 overall and 2-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They go on to play Northwestern Oklahoma State at home in a single nine-inning game beginning at 2 p.m. March 6.