CHICKASHA – The No. 5 Oklahoma City Stars took the series against the Drovers after a strong performance at the plate in the Friday afternoon doubleheader.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (8-7, 0-3) had the lead in the first game but allowed the Stars (9-2, 3-0) to slowly work their way back and win the game in the seventh inning. The Drovers fell 7-6.
After OCU scored in the first inning, the Drovers answered with two runs of their own. Eddie Malone and Ryan Wescott scored off a perfectly placed single by Rafael Pena.
The Drovers scored another three in the second inning, all with two outs on the board. First, right fielder Joe Black scored off an error by OCU’s right fielder. Then, Malone tripled to left center to score Chris Musick and Wescott, who went 2-for-4 in the game with two runs.
The Stars’ first hit of the game was a third-inning bomb straight down center field by Forrest Smith. Smith went on to hit three home runs in the game.
In the fourth inning, the Drovers scored their final run as Musick came home off a single by Malone. Malone went 3-for-4 in the game with one run and three RBIs.
Leading 6-3, the Drovers allowed the Stars to fight back. Smith’s third homer gave them the game-winning run in the seventh.
Chris Fischer (2-2) pitched the complete game, throwing 11 strikeouts in his seven innings on the mound.
The Drovers were unable to connect with the ball in the second game of the afternoon’s doubleheader, falling 4-0.
Josh Terrell (2-1) pitched the first 4.2 innings, striking out two batters. Aaron Copfer and Isaac Rodriguez each saw time on the mound in the game as well.
The Drovers will play (RV) Bacone University at home at 2 p.m. Tuesday before returning to conference action on Thursday afternoon for the opening game of the series against (11) Oklahoma Baptist.
Against OBU, USAO will play a single nine-inning game at home on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. They will finish the series in a Saturday doubleheader in Shawnee.