CHICKASHA – The Drovers started their home opener with a three-run lead before ultimately falling on Friday afternoon to Friends University.
Mid-game success for the Falcons (4-0) led to their 7-4 victory over the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (2-2) on Friday at Bill Smith Ballpark.
With junior Jason England on the mound for the Drovers, the game started off going USAO’s way. The Drovers’ clean up hitter Warren Stehn hit a home run out to left field, scoring himself and Chris Musick, who had reached base on an error.
Stehn, a senior left fielder, then scored two innings later when catcher Owen Adams hit a two-run single to center field. Also scoring was Eddie Malone, who earned his spot on base after doubling down the left line. Malone went 3-for-5 on the plate Friday.
By the end of the third, USAO had a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, that’s when the Drovers’ success ended. Friends scored six more runs to claim their victory.
USAO will play Friends again on Saturday beginning at noon in a single seven-inning game. Following that game, Friends will take on Benedictine College at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The Drovers are scheduled to play Benedictine in a doubleheader on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., but the time is subject to change.