CHICKASHA– A couple of one-run games helped the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (15-18, 6-11) get a split against the team that tops the Sooner Athletic Conference standings.
In game one of the doubleheader the Drovers grabbed the 3-2 victory over Wayland Baptist (27-11, 4-3), while the Pioneers scored four unanswered runs to grab a 4-3 victory in the second game.
In the first game, Chris Fischer (4-5) pitched all seven innings to grab his third complete game of the 2014 season. Fischer only gave up three hits while striking out three batters in a complete-game victory.
The Drovers never surrendered the lead in game one and all seven hits were spread out the line up as seven different players recorded a hit.
The first run came in the third inning when Ryan Wescott, who finished 1-for-4, hit an RBI single to score Colton Baker, catcher Owen Adams’ courtesy runner.
In the fourth inning, the Drovers scored two runners – Eddie Malone and Rafael Pena -- off a bases-loaded situation when Adams was hit by a pitch and Spenser Mailman hit an RBI fielder’s choice.
Coming off the win, the Drovers quickly grabbed a 3-0 lead with two hits and three runs in the first inning. Two of the four Drover hits in the game came from leftfielder Warren Stehn, who finished 2-for-3 with a run batted in on the game.
All three of the Drovers runs came in the top of the first as USAO capitalized on another bases loaded situation. Pena’s RBI single scored the lead-off hitter, Wescott, on the third at bat of the game.
The Drovers’ second batter, Chris Muisck, scored on the next play off another RBI single by Stehn. The last run was batted in by Malone, who scored Pena on a fielder’s choice.
The Drovers continue the series Saturday afternoon with a single nine-inning game starting at 1 p.m. in Plainview, Texas. The Drovers will look to take the season series 2-1 with a victory in Saturday’s game.