ALVA - Dalton House's two-run double in the eighth inning was the difference in the University of Science and Arts' 5-2 game one win over Northwestern Oklahoma Thursday. Nate Hammons set a new school record with 10 wins in a season in a 4-1 game two win.
The Drovers took the series against the Rangers and finished the regular season with a school record 37-14 record overall and a record 17-12 conference mark. Saturday's nine-inning series finale was rained out and not rescheduled since USAO clinched fifth place in the league with Thursday's wins.
Caleb Martin picked up his ninth win of the season in game one scattering nine hits while striking out six batters. Kevin Carby, who finished the season regular season with a school record .485 batting average, hit his ninth homer of the season in the first inning to give USAO a 1-0 lead.
It was tied 2-2 in the eighth until Brandt Lierle and Joe Burnell drew walks and scored on House's double to left center field. House later scored on an error for the final margin.
In game two Hammons increased his season and career strikeout record with eight Ks in six innings. Brandon Dean pitched one hitless inning in relief for his third save of the season.
Luke Krobath hit his ninth home run of the season in the first inning, but NWOSU tied the score in the second. House's 10th double of the season scored Brad Sylvester in the fifth, and Daniel Wood drove in House to give USAO a 3-1 lead.
Andrew Reyes singled home Josh Moore in the seventh to give USAO the 4-1 win. The team is scheduled to start the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Monday against No. 2 Oklahoma City, but heavy rains could delay the start of the tournament. The USAO website and the SAC website should have information regarding delays as soon as decisions are made.