CHICKASHA – The Drovers scored 18 runs to take two games from Benedictine College in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark.
It was third and fourth game of the weekend for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (5-2), having taken on the Friends University Falcons in single games on Friday and Saturday, splitting with them.
Benedictine College (0-3) played Friends in a single game on Saturday at USAO, and the Falcons defeated Benedictine 18-2.
In game one on Sunday, the Drovers exploded with an eight-run fifth inning to shut out the Ravens 11-0.
In that game, second baseman Rafael Pena went 2-for-2, hitting home run in the second inning. He scored two other runs in the game as well.
Chris Musick, who played right field in the first game, went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Also scoring in the game were Ryan Wescott, Eddie Malone, Hayden George, Jaime Gurrola, Chris Pilkerton and Spenser Mailman.
Warren Stehn and Pilkerton, who pinch hit in the fifth inning, each had two RBIs in the game.
Pitching the first six innings, Jose Flores threw 11 strikeouts and allowed just one hit. He faced a total of 19 batters in those six innings.
Brad Smith came in as relief in the final inning, facing three batters and throwing one strikeout.
The Drovers turned around with another strong performance in the second game, winning it 7-3 and scoring in nearly every inning.
In the fourth inning, already on top 3-1, Musick and Malone hit back-to-back home runs to extend USAO’s lead.
Musick went 3-for-3 in the game, scoring three runs, while Malone went 2-for-3 and scored two runs and batted two runners in.
Leftfielder Warren Stehn went 3-for-4 with one run and an RBI. George, courtesy running for catcher Owen Adams, also scored in the game.
Mailman, Pena and Franscisco Bolanos also each claim an RBI in game two.
Josh Terrell started on the mound for the Drovers. In 4.2 innings, he threw five strikeouts. Aaron Copfer pitched another 1.1 innings and threw a strikeout. Isaac Rodriguez closed out the game for the Drovers, throwing two strikeouts to end the game.
The Drovers travel to Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College in Moore for a single game starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday before returning home for another home series. The four-game series, set for Friday and Saturday, will be against Saint Mary’s. Games start at 1 p.m. both days.