SHAWNEE – The Drovers began their postseason on a high note, defeating Northwood University 7-1 in the first game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament thanks to a six-run final inning.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-22) allowed NU’s Alexia Taylor to score in the bottom of the second inning. The Knights (16-40) maintained their lead until the top of the fifth inning when Dani Warren bunted in first baseman Sara Reeves, who earned her spot on base with a walk.
“We were solid from the very beginning,” Head Coach Jadyn Wallis said. “The intensity level, we had to pick up, but my girls came in before the seventh inning and said, ‘we are batting around and we are going to pick it up and get the win.’”
And that’s what the Drovers did; the offense went on a seventh-inning run, loading the bases with no outs. NU’s pitcher, Megan Spence, walked USAO’s Morgan Jervis in for the game-winning run. Jervis was pinch running for Brooke McLeod, who had singled.
An insurance run came in on the next at bat when Warren again scored Reeves. Two outs were recorded before a wild pitch scored USAO’s Kaylin Taylor and Warren.
Not through scoring yet, catcher Kayla Adams got a piece of the ball to score Tate Landmark and Taylor Smith before the half-inning ended.
Jaci Booker pitched the complete game, throwing two strikeouts and allowing just five hits and one run.
The Drovers go on to play seventh-seeded Mid-America Christian at 4 p.m. Thursday at Oklahoma Baptist’s Softball Complex. They then will play (15) OBU at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The SAC Championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Oklahoma City University.
Northwood will go on to play (15) OBU at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and then MACU at 3 p.m. Friday. Both of those games also will be played at OBU.