CHICKASHA– A big weekend for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma softball team (31-19, 13-11) started off with two big wins against Texas Wesleyan (21-18, 14-12) to move up two spots in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Drovers used a three-run second inning to grab the 3-1 victory, and the second game was a 4-2 win to move to No. 4 in the standings.
The Lady Rams had the 9-7 advantage in the hit category in game one, but the Drovers used timely hitting to get ahead 3-0 in the top of the second.
The inning started off with a one-out rally when an error scored Tate Landmark. Texas Wesleyan notched another out before the Drovers score two additional runs -- this time it was Kayla Adams and Brooke McLeod who scored off RBIs by Kaylin Taylor and Dani Warren.
Adams went 2-for-3 in the game, including a double, and Taylor finished 3-for-4.
Pitching for the Drovers was Jaci Booker (13-6), who went four and a third inning and struck out four batters.
McLeod finished the game to grab her first save of the year. She struck out one batter and allowed two hits.
In the second game, the Drovers used a two-run inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Warren singled in McKenna Eubank to make it 1-0 while Taylor scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
The Rams tied it up in the bottom of the fourth inning. The winning run came in with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Eubank.
The fourth and final run was a result of an RBI triple by Warren to again score Eubank. Warren went 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs. Eubank scored three runs on the game and went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
Landmark (12-8) was the pitcher of record in the second game throwing a complete game and striking out five batters while allowing five hits and two earned runs.
The Drovers will try to make it 10 wins in a row when they travel to Cedar Hill, Texas, to face Northwood University on Saturday morning. The doubleheader has a first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.