CHICKASHA – USAO split in another conference series over the weekend, taking two from (19) Oklahoma Baptist.
In the Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark, the Drovers (34-16) won the first game before falling in the second.
The Drovers came out strong in the first inning of the day. After three quick outs in the top of the inning, the Drovers’ third batter, Heath Wilda, hit two-run homer to bring home Jared Coon, who had doubled the previous at bat.
Now leading 2-0, USAO went two innings without scoring. In the bottom of the fourth, the Drovers extended their lead with four more runs.
With two early outs, the Drovers started the inning’s rally. Catcher Owen Adams doubled to right center to score Wilda. Daniel Edwards, who was playing right field on Sunday, doubled down the left line to score Chance Hill and Austin Ardrey, who was running for Adams.
Drover shortstop, Konrad Mueller, then hit a single out to center field to score Edwards for the team’s sixth run of the game.
The Bison turned around to score four unearned runs in the next inning, and the game ended with the Drovers on top 6-4.
Junior Chris Fischer (4-3) spent all seven innings on the mound, throwing 10 strikeouts without allowing a single earned run. He gave up just three hits and walked two batters.
The second game wasn’t as favorable for the Drovers, who ended up falling 11-4.
Two of USAO’s runs came in the fourth off a two-RBI homer by Edwards. In that play, Zach Gonzalez, who had led off the inning with a single to left field, scored.
The Drovers scored their other two runs late in the game. In the sixth, Mueller singled, also scoring Gonzalez.
Centerfielder Brian Vigo scored in the final inning off an RBI single by Hill.
The Drovers travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan for a non-conference single nine-inning game at 3 p.m. Tuesday before finishing off their regular season with a series against Mid-America Christian.
The first doubleheader of that series will be at MACU for a Thursday set beginning at 2 p.m. They will finish the series with a home doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will be Senior Day, and USAO will be honoring its 15 seniors.