CEDAR HILL, Texas – It was a tough doubleheader for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (10-16, 2-9) as No. 13 Northwood University swept the Drovers on Friday afternoon in Cedar Hill, Texas.
The Knights took the 7-2 win in the first game and took the 8-7 win after 10 innings of play in the second game of the afternoon.
The Drovers were the first to score on Friday. Rafael Pena scored the first run off a sacrifice fly by first baseman Joe Barron. Leadoff hitter Ryan Wescott’s RBI single in the top of the third allowed Joe Black to score he Drovers’ second run of the game.
With a tie game in the sixth, the Knights hit back-to-back homers to secure three out of the four runs scored in the inning and grab the win.
All-in-all, the Drovers had 11 hits in the game and six pitchers saw time on the mound, each taking an inning until the end.
The second game started off with a four-run first inning for USAO that saw the Drovers bat around the lineup. The inning started with a lead-off double by Wescott and an RBI-single by Chris Musick, USAO’s second hitter.
The other Drovers to score in the inning were off misplays by Knight fielding errors. Musick, Jaime Gurrola and Pena all crossed the plate in the first inning.
In the next inning, the fifth run came in on a squeeze bunt from catcher Owen Adams, scoring Musick for his second run of the game.
The final two Drover runs were in top of seventh to force the extra innings. Cody Rieger and Francisco Bolanos each had clutch hits. Rieger and Jose Flores scored in the inning.
The next game is a road one for the Drovers, scheduled for Tuesday against NCAA Division II Southwestern OSU. The nine inning game is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The next home series for the Drovers will be this weekend against Sooner Athletic Conference opponent Southwestern Assemblies of God. On Friday afternoon, the first pitch of the nine-inning game is set for 3 p.m.
The series will continue with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch at 1 p.m.