CHICKASHA – The Drovers finished the weekend with two more wins after a Saturday doubleheader against Northwood University at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (23-17, 5-9) kept the Lady Knights (12-26, 9-9) at bay with two narrow wins, taking both games by a one-run margin.
While the hit total in game one was 6-5 in Northwood’s favor, the Knights left nine runners on base and were unable to grab a run.
The game’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when USAO’s catcher Kayla Adams brought home teammate Taylor Smith, who went 2-for-3 in the game. The Drovers won 1-0.
True freshman Jaci Booker (9-5) pitched a complete-game shutout in the circle and secured her ninth win of her young career.
Another true freshman, Tate Landmark (9-7), also pitched a complete game for the Drovers on Saturday. In the second game, she threw all seven innings, striking out five batters while allowing just two hits and no walks.
In the first inning of the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader, Kaylin Taylor scored on an error. Taylor, who went 2-for-3 in the game, earned her spot on base with a bunt.
The Drovers extended their lead with another run in the fourth inning when McKenna Eubank advanced to third on a single to left center by Dani Warren. On that same play, a throwing error sent Eubank home for a second USAO run.
Northwood narrowed the gap with a run in the fifth, but the Drover defense closed out the game for the 2-1 victory.
The Drovers travel to No. 5 Saint Gregory’s on Tuesday afternoon for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. before returning for their next home series, hosting Mid-America Christian. The doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bill Smith Ballpark.