MOORE– The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma needed all nine innings to grab a comeback win against Hillsdale College with a final score of 4-3 on Tuesday.
The Drovers (6-2) were down 3-0 heading into the top of the third when USAO scored its first run of the game as Chris Musick scored Ryan Wescott on a single to left field.
Three innings later, the Drovers would score again to cut the deficit to one as Wescott again returned home, this time on a sacrifice fly to left field by Eddie Malone.
The eighth inning would be the difference maker when Wescott got on by being hit with a pitch to put the tying run on the base paths.
It was then small ball that would help the Drovers grab the tying run. Wescott stole third after being moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Musick.
During the steal attempt, the pitcher overthrew his target and Wescott scored on the error for his third run of the game.
The Saints wound up throwing a walk to Malone, who was then pinch ran for by Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Jose Flores.
Flores stole second and then scored on a well-placed single by Jaime Gurrola, who went 2-for-3 on the game.
The pitcher of record was Aaron Copfer, who grabbed his first win of the 2014 after coming in at relief for starter Ed Moore, who threw 5.2 innings.
Isaac Rodriguez earned his first save after coming in the bottom of the ninth and making a quick 1-2-3 inning to seal the win.
The Drovers next game will be at home against St. Mary’s University out of Kansas on Friday and Saturday. Both days will be double headers, which have first pitch beginning at 1 p.m. on both days.