CHICKASHA– Opening weekend was a smashing success for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma baseball team on the road at Texas College, with a 2-1 series win against the Steers. The Drovers scored 26 runs in the three games to open up the 2014 season.
In game one of the series, USAO grabbed a 7-3 win with returning pitcher Chris Fischer grabbing win No. 1 of the campaign. Fischer pitched five innings while giving up three runs. Only one of those runs was earned, starting his ERA for the season at 1.80.
The game started with the Drovers going down by one run on a single after an error in the second inning. This led to the scorer moving to third base after grabbing the first hit of the inning.
In reply, USAO scored seven unanswered runs with three each coming in the fourth and fifth inning. Outfielder Joe Black grabbed the first run after several Texas College errors led to him crossing home plate. Black finished the game 2-for-3 with two singles.
Texas College committed three errors in the game, which led to four of the seven runs for the Drovers. First baseman Rafael Pena went 1-for-2 on the game, including a three run double in the fourth inning to put the game away for USAO.
The second game was down to the wire with the Drovers losing 11-10 in nine innings of play. Despite the scoring total the action didn’t get exciting for the Drovers until the top of the eighth inning.
Down 10-1, the Drovers grabbed eight runs off six hits in the eight inning including a pinch hit three-run homer by Warren Stehn, who took the first pitch he saw deep to right field.
The score was 10-9 going into the top of the ninth inning when centerfielder Ryan Wescott, who went 3-for-4 on the game, tied it up with a timely double to score the tying run.
The game went into the bottom of the ninth when Texas College hit a two-out double and then brought the runner with a two-out single to win the game.
The final game of the series was a decisive 9-0 rain shorten game, which lasted five innings, all pitched by Jose Flores. Flores got the win and a complete game shutout, the first of the year for the Drovers.
Flores struck out five batters while allowing two hits and one walk in the game. Designated hitter Spenser Mailman was the big bat for the Drovers in the victory. He went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in out of the nine that crossed the plate.
Owen Adams and Rafael Pena also batted runs in while helping the Drovers to the 9-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Drovers have their home opening sries against Bethany College this weekend. The series will begin with a single-nine-inning game beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The finale of the series will be the next day, which will be a double header starting at noon.
The home series will be live streamed at USAO's athletic website and will be the first baseball games using the new USAO live video stream.