CHICKASHA – Senior shortstop Leslie Beaty set a new school record with her ninth home run of the season, but it was Caitlyn Crotty’s seventh homer of the season that capped a six-run second inning and propelled the University of Science and Arts to a sweep of Oklahoma Baptist.
The Drovers captured their fifth win in three days with a 10-8 decision in game one and a 6-2 win in game two Thursday at Bill Smith Ballpark.
Beaty, who is believed to be the school’s all-time home run leader with 20, is hitting above .450 for the season and broke the season record of eight home runs held by Kristin Minton. Crotty, whose three-run homer in the third erased a 5-0 OBU lead, has now hit home runs in back-to-back games in two of the last four series.
Crotty, a senior from Norman, is now tied with Minton for second with eight home runs in a season. She finished the day 4-for-7 with six RBIs including a two-run single in the third inning of game two, which gave USAO a 5-0. She hit her second home run of the day in the fifth inning to put the Drovers ahead 6-1.
Kim Alford collected the complete-game win in game one giving up only four earned runs. Freshman Presley Tepe scattered 10 hits and gave up one earned run in game two. She earned the complete-game win in her ninth start of the season.
USAO improved to 20-21 on the season and 9-13 in league play after splitting a doubleheader at Northwestern Oklahoma Wednesday. The Drovers started the week with a sweep of Mid-America Christian on Tuesday.
The team is off until a series at Southern Nazarene April 21, and then the team wraps up the regular season at OBU April 28.