CHICKASHA – With USAO’s nine seniors and a junior starting in the final Senior Day game, the Drovers shutout conference foe Mid-America Christian University 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.
USAO also won the first game of the doubleheader 5-4. The wins put both teams in a three-way tie for sixth in the conference with Wayland Baptist University. The Drovers lose the conference tiebreaker and will enter the SAC Tournament at eighth seed.
In the first game, USAO started off with three runs in the first inning when junior Brandon Jewett doubled to left center, scoring Jake Dunbar and Conner Bridgman. A ground out by Regulo Moy brought Cody Bridgman across home for a third run.
The Drovers scored their fourth run of the game in the third inning when Cody Bridgman scored again, this time off an RBI by Jewett.
After giving up a three-run homer and another run in the top of the fourth, the Drovers again took the lead with a fielder’s choice RBI by Robert Summers. Freshman Nolan Crowdus scored.
Pitcher Andy Greenslitt earned the win, pitching the complete game and throwing four strikeouts.
After winning game one, Head Coach Mike Ross started each of the nine seniors in their last home game at USAO. The seniors, along with catcher Blake Taylor, shut out Mid-America 10-0 in just five innings.
The game had two and a half scoreless innings before USAO knocked in three runs in the third, another three in the fourth and four in the fifth to end the game.
Scoring two runs in the game were second baseman Andrew Reyes, right fielder Conner Bridgman, third baseman Cody Bridgman, and Crowdus, who pinch ran for Taylor. Also scoring were left fielder Jake Dunbar and designated hitter Kenny Young.
Caleb Martin earned his eighth win of the season and second shutout of his career on Saturday. He threw four strikeouts.
It was Senior Day at Bill Smith Ballpark, and the Drovers honored their nine seniors: Regulo Moy, Caleb Martin, Conner Bridgman, Vince Linke, Andrew Reyes, Kenny Young, Cody Bridgman, Jake Dunbar and Garan Qualls.
USAO has a final regular season record of 25-23 and 12-18 in the conference. They will compete in the SAC Tournament, which will take place in Texas beginning Wednesday. A tournament schedule will be released next week.
Published: April 30, 2011