CHICKASHA – The Drovers split on Tuesday afternoon at home against No. 25 Oklahoma Christian after mounting a comeback with seven unanswered runs late in the second game.
In game two, USAO struck first when Brooke McLeod batted in lead off hitter Skyler Nichols in the bottom of the first. The Drovers then gave up seven runs and were down 7-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. And that's when something clicked for USAO.
The Drovers played the remaining three innings without allowing another run and while scoring seven of their own to win it 8-7.
In the bottom of the fourth, Liz Agpalo scored off an RBI by McLeod. McLeod, along with shortstop Taylor Smith, scored later in the inning off RBIs from Nichols.
In the following inning, Agpalo scored a second run and batted in Katie Jirak to give the Drovers a chance at the game.
McLeod had her third and fourth RBIs of the game in the bottom of the sixth when she batted in Markie LaFerney and Chelsea Zuchnik for the tying and winning runs.
McLeod then struck out two batters, and a third grounded out to end the game. She earned the win having spent the final five innings in the circle, giving up just two hits and throwing eight strikeouts.
The win in game two split the doubleheader, the Drovers having fallen to OC in game one 9-3.
In that game, Smith — a transfer from Oklahoma State — hit a solo home run in the third inning. Third baseman Ashley Mitchell had two RBIs in the game after batting in Nichols and LaFerney.
Sophomore Neesha Sorrell spent more than six innings pitching, throwing eight strikeouts.
The Drovers are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They go on to play No. 7 Lubbock Christian at home on Thursday afternoon. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Oklahoma Christian but was moved to USAO’s field late Monday evening. The game later in the season against Oklahoma Christian will now be played at OC.