CHICKASHA – The USAO Drover softball team had a tough time against NCAA Division II opponent East Central on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

The Drovers quickly fell behind in the first game, giving up three runs in the second inning but were able to get back into the game when Elizabeth Agpalo scored USAO’s first run off a double by Karmen Knowles.

Agpalo made it back home two innings later off a hit by senior Laci Weger-Garrett. The Drovers gave up another three runs in the seventh to bring the final to an 8-2 loss.

Agpalo, a junior from Carrollton, Texas, spent the first four innings in the circle and threw two strikeouts.

But the Drovers had no more success against the Tigers in the second game of the doubleheader. As with the first, the game was quickly set into motion in the second inning, when the Tigers scored two runs and then ECU’s Stefanie Watson hit a grand slam to bring the score to 6-0.

The Drovers were able to hold the Tigers off for a few more innings, allowing a run in the fifth and earning a run in the same inning. Skyler Nichols scored USAO’s only run in the game off an RBI by Ally Richardson.

Feeling the wear of the long afternoon, the Drovers gave up another five runs in the final inning. They fell 12-1.

Neesha Sorrell pitched most of the game and threw three strikeouts for USAO.

The Drovers fall to 4-6 overall. They will take on conference foe Lubbock Christian on Friday morning for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. at Bill Smith Ballpark.

Immediately following that doubleheader, the Drovers host a tournament in Chickasha on Friday and Saturday afternoon at the Chickasha Sports Complex.

Published: Feb. 22, 2011