CHICKASHA – The Drovers split on Friday afternoon in a doubleheader against the University of Saint Mary, giving up game one before coming out with the victory in the second game.
In the first game, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (7-3) fell with a final score of 7-3 after USM went on a run to score four in the second inning.
USAO’s three runs of the game were spread out. In the first inning, lead-off hitter Ryan Wescott started the Drovers off with the single. He advanced to second on the play and came home when Eddie Malone doubled to left field.
In the third inning, Wescott, who went 3-for-4 in the first game, batted in teammate Franscisco Bolanos, who earned his spot on the base with a walk.
The Drovers attempted a late rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Joe Black off a single by Chris Musick. Unfortunately, the rally ended with the next play, sealing the victory for USM.
Chris Fischer spent four innings on the mound and threw five strikeouts. Aaron Copfer spent the next two innings pitching and closer Kevin Royer threw the seventh inning. Neither relief pitcher allowed a hit in the final three innings.
Game two was much more favorable to the Drovers, who came out with the 8-2 win, thanks in part to home runs by Malone, Jaime Gurrola and Rafael Pena.
Starting off on the right foot, the Drovers scored three — Musick, Malone and Warren Stehn — in the first inning off doubles by Malone and catcher Owen Adams.
Solo homers by Gurrola and Pena gave the Drovers two more runs in the middle of the game.
Finally, in the bottom of the third, USAO scored its final three of the day. Two of those came when Malone hit a homerun to score himself and Musick.
Courtesy runner and Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Jose Flores, scored as USM’s pitcher walked shortstop Colton Baker with the bases loaded.
Jason England, who earned the win on Friday, pitched the first five innings, throwing five strikeouts and walking one batter. Copfer and Isaac Rodriguez, who was the designated hitter in the game, each pitched an inning and each struck out two batters.
The teams finish the series on Saturday afternoon with a second doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.