CHICKASHA – In the sunny 70-degree Saturday afternoon, the Drovers split with the Southwestern Assemblies of God in a doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark in Chickasha.
Having won the opening game of the series 20-1 on Friday, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (14-17, 5-10) took the series win against the Lions (15-19, 6-9).
The first game found the Drovers scoring on the bookends of the game, notching two runs each in the first and seventh innings.
Lead-off hitter Ryan Wescott sent the third pitch of the first inning into left field for a double. Chris Musick followed with a walk, and third-batter Jaime Gurrola drove both players home.
The Drovers went on to give up five runs, including two in the seventh to force a seventh-inning rally. USAO almost tied it up as another double by Wescott scored Joe Black, and Wescott returned home a few plays later off another RBI single by Gurrola.
Unfortunately, the rally ended with the two runs, and the Drovers fell 5-4. Each team had 11 hits in the game.
Josh Terrell (2-4) threw five strikeouts in his six innings on the mound. Jason England pitched the final inning, recording one strikeout.
The second game saw a single explosive inning as all 10 runs of the game were scored in the fourth. SAGU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning before USAO responded with eight runs for the lead, and ultimately for the 8-2 victory.
As the Drovers hit around the lineup, Wescott, Musick, Gurrola, Rafael Peña, Cody Rieger and Colton Baker, courtesy running for catcher Owen Adams, each scored one run. Warren Stehn, who led off the inning and went 2-for-3 in the game, scored two runs and batted in another two.
The Drovers had six pitchers sharing time on the mound in the game with Josh Wonser (1-0) earning the win.
The Drovers head to No. 20 Wayland Baptist for a three game series in Plainview, Texas, on April 4-5.
They then travel to Saint Gregory’s on April 10 before returning home for a doubleheader on April 12. It will be USAO’s annual Pink Out Cancer game, and first pitch is set for 1 p.m.