Date Published: 
03/22/2014
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CEDAR HILL, Texas – A ten-run seventh inning was the difference in preventing the sweep for the Drovers on the road in a weekend series against highly-ranked Northwood.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (11-16, 3-9) secured the 18-12 victory to snap a tough streak and take one from the Knights (16-14, 7-4).

In the third game of the weekend series, the Drovers grabbed 19 hits, including some well-timed late inning clutch hits.

Heading into the seventh inning, the Drovers were down 10-8, but designated hitter Cody Rieger started a 10-run two-out rally. His double to right center cleared the bases and gave him three of his five RBIs on the day.

The offense would continue with Eddie Malone, who came in to have a 4-for-6 day at the plate and drove in four of the runs, two of which were in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Northwood Knights.

The final runs of the inning came off a three-run homer by Joe Black. It was Black’s first home run of the season and left the park with no doubts as they ball flew to right field. Black finished the day 2-for-5 with three runs batted in on the homer.

Other Drover bats to contribute were Owen Adams, who finished the day 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Chris Musick, who continues to hit the ball well and finished 4-for-6 on Saturday. Musick maintains a hitting streak to 10 consecutive games and brings his average up to a .442 mark in the 2014 campaign.

The Drovers’ next game is a non-conference nine-inning game on Tuesday at Southwestern OSU in Weatherford, and the Drovers return home on Friday to pick up Sooner Athletic Conference schedule against Southwestern Assemblies of God.

Against SAGU, the teams will play a single nine-inning game at 3 p.m. Friday and will finish the series on Saturday in a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. at Bill Smith Ballpark.

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