CHICKASHA – The Drovers had little trouble with a home sweep over Friends University. In a series spanning Saturday and Sunday, USAO scored 35 runs in just three games.
The Drovers (12-2) scored more runs in each passing game, topping out at 19 in the final game of the series.
In the middle of a home stretch, the Drovers return to action next weekend at home against Bethany College. The three-game series begins with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends with a single game beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Kicking off the series, the teams played a nine-inning game on Saturday afternoon. After collecting all five of their runs in the fifth inning, the Drovers went on to win 5-2.
The first four innings went quick with just two hits for the Falcons and none for the Drovers. USAO’s first hit of the day was a home run by Brian Vigo to start off the fifth inning.
Immediately following, Chance Hill hit and single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Konrad Mueller. The pitcher had loaded the bases by hitting two USAO batters when Jared Coon doubled to score Hill, Austin Ardrey and Robert Summers.
Coon came home later that inning off an RBI single by first baseman Zach Gonzalez for USAO’s fifth run.
The Drovers gave up a run in each of the last two innings but ultimately came out on top on Saturday.
David Garcia (4-0) earned the win with seven innings on the mound. He threw four strikeouts and didn’t give up a single earned run.
Opening up the doubleheader on Sunday, the Drovers allowed a run by the Falcons in the first inning, but turned around to score two of their own before the inning was over.
In the first at bat for USAO, Summers doubled to right field, followed by Coon’s triple to center field. With Summers scoring and Coon coming home on Heath Wilda’s ground out, the Drovers were back on top.
USAO scored in all but one inning of the game, collecting a total of 11 runs to beat the Falcons 11-7. Three of Friends’ runs came in the final inning.
Coon nearly hit for the cycle in the game, missing only the single. His three hits — a double, triple and homer — led to three runs and three RBIs credited to him.
Gonzalez also went 3-for-4 including a two-RBI homer, scoring two runs and batting three runners in for the game. Ardrey, who courtesy ran for catcher Owen Adams, scored two runs as well.
Hill hit a solo homer for the Drovers and batted in another runner later in the game. Also scoring in the game were Wilda and Mueller.
Blake McMullen (4-0) spent nearly the entire game on the mound and threw seven strikeouts. Coming in as relief for the final two batters was Arnold Gomez, who made his first appearance for the Drovers on Sunday.
A huge fourth inning gave the Drovers an unbelievable 19-4 win over Friends in the final game of the series.
After a scoreless first inning, USAO went on to score five runs in the next two innings, and then scored 10 in the fourth inning. The final four to sweeten the deal game in innings five and six.
Despite the score, it was Friends who hit the only two homers of the game. All four of their runs game in the third inning and three came from the home runs.
Coon had yet another strong game and went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI. Right fielder Blake Pruett also batted three runners in and scored three runs of his own.
Gonzalez and Hill each went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI a piece. Ardrey scored three runs as a courtesy runner, and Summers had two runs and two RBI.
Also scoring in the game were Wilda, Vigo, Mueller, Tylor Lee and Daniel Edwards.
Seth Sturgeon (2-1) threw three strikeouts in his five innings on the mound. Jacob Crase and Dakota Blanchard each spent an inning on the mound to end the game and neither gave up a single hit.