CHICKASHA – A walk-off grand slam by Drover catcher Owen Adams led to a series sweep of Saint Gregory’s in a Saturday afternoon Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (18-19, 9-12) won the first game 10-9 in the bottom of the seventh from Adams’ homer and then came from behind to win the second game 12-6 over the Cavaliers (11-28, 4-17).
In the first game, the Cavs had the 2-0 advantage from the first inning until the sixth, when they extended their lead by three. Three runs by the Drovers in the bottom of the sixth brought the game within reach.
Unfortunately for the Drovers, the Cavs scored four in the top of the seventh, and a win was looking like it was out of the picture for USAO, who entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 9-3.
But the Drovers were not content to end the game. Two hits in a row, followed by an error, led to Francisco Bolanos scoring first. Then, Jaime Gurrola singled to center field to score Chris Musick and Ryan Wescott.
With four more runs needed for the win and no outs, the Drovers loaded the bases. On a 1-0 count, Adams sailed the ball over the left field fence for his first grand slam – and second walk-off homer -- of his career.
Jose Flores started the game, pitching 5.2 innings and throwing eight strikeouts, but it was Brad Smith (2-1) who earned the win.
In the second half of the afternoon’s doubleheader, the Drovers again found themselves trailing late in the game, but an eight-run sixth propelled them ahead of their opponents and secured the win.
Eddie Malone went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the game. One of his two hits was a two-run homer. He wasn’t the only Drover to send one over the fence in the second game as the lead-off hitter, Wescott, had two hits off three at bats, including a three-RBI homer.
Adams continued his hot streak with three hits off four at bats. He batted two runners in and saw three runs come in from his courtesy runners, Colton Baker and Jose Flores.
Spenser Mailman, who played second base in the second game, went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
The Drovers saw three pitchers share time on the mound with Isaac Rodriguez (1-3) earning the win. He threw six strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
It was USAO's annual Pink Out Cancer game, hosted by Drovers Against Cancer.
USAO will take on non-conference opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in a Monday afternoon home game beginning at 3 p.m. and then travel to Bacone on Tuesday.
Their next SAC game will be against Mid-America Christian, set for 3 p.m. Thursday in Chickasha.