CHICKASHA – Winning two games on Saturday and grabbing the sweep, the Drovers at 24-3 are off to the best start in school history.
After a 20-2 win against Arlington Baptist on Friday, the Drovers slowed it down on Saturday. They took game one 4-2 and won the second game with a walk-off run in the bottom of the eighth inning 4-3.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Drovers got on board quickly when the Drovers’ third hitter, Heath Wilda, sent a home run over the left field fence to score himself and Jared Coon.
Coon then scored again in the third inning off a sacrifice fly by first baseman Zach Gonzalez.
USAO’s final run of the game came in the fifth inning when Summers scored off an RBI single by Wilda.
Wilda went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and one run in the game, while Coon went 3-for-3 with two runs.
Blake McMullen (7-0) spent six innings on the mound, striking out six batters. Josh Goodman came in to earn the save in the final inning. It is his second save of the season.
The Drovers trailed nearly the entire second game. After the Drovers gave up two quick runs, Coon crossed the plate in the bottom of the first thanks to an error by the Patriot shortstop.
The Drovers then tied up the game in the third inning. Coon had his fourth run of the day off a sacrifice fly by Wilda.
Tied at two a piece, the Patriots turned around to score in the top of the fourth to again take the lead. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth that the Drovers were able to tie the game again.
In that inning, Hayden George, who was pinch running for Gonzalez, scored off a hit by Konrad Mueller.
The game went into the eighth inning still tied at three. In the bottom of the eight after two quick outs, the Drovers were desperate. Arlington Baptist’s pitcher walked Gonzalez, and a hit by Brian Vigo advanced him to second. A solid single to right center by Chance Hill was all Gonzalez needed to score the winning run and top the Patriots 4-3.
Chris Fischer threw eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings on the mound. Goodman, who already had a save on the day, took over as pitcher in the sixth to earn the win. He is 3-0 on the season.
The series was the Drovers’ sixth sweep of the season.
USAO travels to Friends University for a single nine-inning game at 2 p.m. Tuesday before playing another conference series at No. 16 Lubbock Christian next weekend.
Their next home game won’t be until March 30 — the second doubleheader set against No. 4 Oklahoma City. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.