CHICKASHA – The Drovers grabbed two late victories in a Monday afternoon doubleheader against conference foe Rogers State.
In the first game, the Drovers quickly got on the board when Ashley Mitchell scored off a single by Taylor Smith.
Rogers State was able to tie the game in the third inning. The Drovers took the lead again with two runs in the fifth inning. First Kayla Adams singled to center field to score Katie Jirak, and then Adams scored later in the inning, again off an RBI by Smith.
The 3-1 lead didn’t last long, however, as the Hillcats tied the game in the very next inning. The game came down to the bottom of the seventh.
In the seventh, Jirak doubled to right field, and Skyler Nichols advanced her to third on a sacrifice bunt. RSU pitcher Laura Fleck intentionally loaded the bases, walking Adams and Mitchell. At bat with one out, Kristin Moyers hit a strong ball to deep left field to score Jirak and win the game for the Drovers.
USAO won 4-3. Neesha Sorrell earned her 11th win of the season, pitching the complete game and throwing six strikeouts.
After the seventh-inning win, the Drovers gave up three quick runs in the first inning of the second game. They scored the first of their own in the bottom of the third when Nichols singled to center field to score Markie LaFerney.
In the next inning, Liz Agpalo scored off a ground out by Jirak. The Drovers were still down 3-2 in the fifth, when Smith hit a strong homer right down center field, also scoring Moyers, who’d doubled to left center.
The Drovers won the second game with the same 4-3 score. Agpalo pitched the complete game, earning her seventh win.
The Drovers are 26-16 overall and 10-10 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
It was the second annual Strike Out Cancer pink game, hosted by USAO’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. The players wore pink shirts and fans came out supporting in pink attire as well.
The Drovers turn around and take on No. 16 Saint Gregory’s at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark. It will be Senior Day, and USAO will be honoring its lone senior, Agpalo.