SHAWNEE – The upset-minded Drovers were turned away by fourth-ranked St. Gregory’s during Thursday’s rainy road doubleheader. Except for two game-changing innings, the University of Science and Arts had their chances to collect wins against the conference’s second best team.
SGU used a five-run first inning to take game one 9-1, but a two out error accounted for all five runs. USAO held the lead for most of game two and took a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the sixth where SGU batters found every gap. Seven of the Lady Cavs’s nine hits came in the sixth inning helping the home team to a 10-2 win.
The eight-run sixth inning ruined an otherwise great pitching performance from USAO’s Kim Alford, who had a one-hitter going into the fourth inning and only gave up one earned run going into the sixth. Likewise Brianne MacIntyre gave up only four runs on six hits pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief in game one.
USAO falls to 14-17 overall and 3-9 in the league after starting conference play against opponents with a combined record of 116-40. SGU improves to 24-7 overall and 10-2 in conference.
Saturday’s road doubleheader at Oklahoma Baptist has been postponed due to the threat of winter weather. The Drovers host Rogers State beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at Bill Smith Ballpark.