CHICKASHA – The Drovers grabbed a much-needed conference win with an RBI single by Robert Summers deep in the ninth against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Monday afternoon. Shortstop Regulo Moy scored the winning run.

The Drovers, who were in need of a conference victory, started the game off strong with a hit by Conner Bridgman on Northwestern’s first pitch. Bridgman scored later that inning to pull the Drovers into the lead.

But just a few innings later, USAO was down 5-1. That’s when the Drovers rallied. With centerfielder Romus Cezar and third baseman Cody Bridgman on base, Summers hit a two-RBI double to center field, bringing the score to 5-3.

Three hits in the next inning allowed for the Rangers to score another two runs, but not content to go down without a fight, USAO answered. Conner Bridgman and Jake Dunbar both scored in the fifth before Cezar tripled to center field, bringing both Cody Bridgman and Brandon Jewett across home.

With the ballgame tied, first baseman Garan Qualls hit a two-RBI single to left center, scoring Dunbar and Conner Bridgman for their second and third runs of the game respectively. The Drovers were up 9-7.

In the top of the seventh, the Drovers gave up two more runs to once again tie the game. Holding off any more Ranger runs, the late-in-the-game RBI by Summers sealed the victory. The Drovers won 10-9.

Sophomore David Garcia started on the mound for the Drovers but — still fatigued from Friday’s game — stepped down in the fourth inning. Josh Goodman pitched three more innings, striking out five batters.

It was USAO’s closer, senior Jeremy Hey, who was credited with the win Monday afternoon. He pitched the final 2.1 innings and didn’t allow a single run.

The win brings USAO to 23-20 overall and 10-16 in conference play. At press time, the Drovers were sixth in the conference standings.

The Drovers have a non-conference battle Tuesday afternoon against NCAA Division II Cameron University. The first pitch will be at 3 p.m. at Bill Smith Ballpark in Chickasha.

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Published: April 18, 2011