CHICKASHA – Eight home runs left Bill Smith Ballpark, but five errors did the real damage as the University of Science and Arts was unable to knock off No. 2 Oklahoma City in the series opener Thursday. OCU hit six homers in route to a 20-4 win.
Luke Krobath and Dalton House hit homers for the Drovers, but the team could only muster four hits in seven innings against OCU starting pitcher Ashur Tolliver and reliever Tristan Bugenis.
Three USAO errors in the first two innings helped OCU to a 9-0 start, but the Stars did plenty on their own with 22 hits. Kevin Carby’s single in the fourth inning broke up Tolliver’s perfect game, and Krobath followed with a home run to left center.
House added a solo shot in the fifth inning off Tolliver, and Josh Moore singled home Brandt Lierle in the seventh to round out the scoring.
Caleb Martin got the loss and dropped to 8-4 on the season after giving up six hits in two innings. The sophomore only gave up three earned runs with two strikeouts falling to 1-1 all-time against OCU.
OCU improves to 43-6 overall and 20-5 in the league while USAO falls to 34-14 overall and 14-11 in league play. The Drovers are now 1.5 games behind Wayland Baptist in the standings for fourth place with five games remaining.
The series wraps up at OCU Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and USAO’s home schedule concludes April 30 against Northwestern Oklahoma. The first pitch is 2 p.m.