CHICKASHA – Scoring the winning run in the sixth inning of game one and a run-rule win in game two, the University of Science and Arts took both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark. USAO defeated Calumet College of St. Joseph 3-2 in game one and 12-0 in game two to improve to 21-5 overall.
USAO scored two runs on three Calumet errors in the fifth inning of game one but gave up two runs on three errors in the sixth inning to tie the score at 2-2.
Luke Krobath singled to start the bottom of the sixth, and his courtesy runner Shea Hall scored the go ahead run on a two-out single by Josh Moore. Calumet loaded the bases for pitcher/designated hitter Brett Summers, but Summers grounded out to Moore for the final out of the game.
Nate Hammons went the distance and earned the win giving up no earned runs on three hits with eight strikeouts. Summers got the loss but gave up only one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts.
The Drover offense cranked it up in game two with 11 hits and two home runs. USAO scored one run in the first inning, but left the bases loaded. In the third, a triple by Moore drove in Brandt Lierle and Hall. Joe Burnell drove in Moore, and Krobath single home Kevin Carby.
USAO posted seven runs in the fourth inning with a leadoff homer by Carby and a two-run blast by Lierle – his 13th of the season. Four Calumet errors kept the inning going as the Drovers collected their third consecutive win.
Caleb Martin pitched five scoreless innings allowing only two hits while striking out five batters. The sophomore from Duncan improved to 6-1 on the season. USAO continues conference play with a Thursday game at Mid-America Christian before wrapping up the series at 2 p.m. Saturday at home.