PLAINVIEW, Texas – Led by a two-hit complete-game shutout performance including 10 strikeouts by junior pitcher Nate Hammons, the University of Science and Arts defeated No. 19 Wayland Baptist 5-0 in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. USAO had to settle for a split as WBU took game one 17-14.
Hammons, from Ft. Cobb, improved to 6-2 overall leading USAO to a 25-6 record overall and 9-5 in the league. The USAO offense jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first two innings.
Chickasha’s Kai Kirby led off the game with a double and gave USAO a 1-0 lead after a stolen base and a wild pitch. In the second, a two-out double by Brad Sylvester drove in Daniel Wood. Sylvester later scored on a wild pitch.
Kevin Carby scored in the fifth inning on a double by Luke Krobath, and Wood homered in the sixth for the final margin.
The opener was an exciting back-and-forth affair, which took 3 1/2 hours to play. The Drovers got on the board first with a solo home run from Carby in the second at bat of the game. Wayland responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
USAO took the lead in the fourth with five runs on three hits, including doubles by Greg Ylda and Brandt Lierle, but the Pioneers answered with four more runs in the home half of the inning.
The Pioneers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Bobby Curtis hit a lead-off double down the line, Brett Cook walked, and Eddie Allen hit his second double of the game to score Curtis. Brett Sheppard hit a sac fly, and after Franky Busani was intentionally walked, Todd Jeffress singled to center to pick up the third WBU run of the inning.
The seventh got a little hairy for the Wayland fans when USAO picked up three runs, but Trevor Stringer came in with runners on the corners and nobody out to pick up his second save of the season.