CHICKASHA – The Drovers left the field on Thursday with two wins over non-conference foe Baker University after a strong performance at the plate.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (18-12) came from behind to win the first game 5-4 and then run-ruled the Wildcats (10-10) with a 9-1 final in six innings of the second game.
Jaci Booker (7-4) earned two wins in the circle on Thursday, coming in as relief for Tate Landmark in the first game and pitching a complete game two. In her 7.2 innings on Thursday, she threw just one walk and allowed one earned run. Additionally, she threw three strikeouts.
In the first game, both teams took a while to find a rhythm at the plate. Baker struck first when the Wildcats scored one in the top of the fifth.
The Drovers responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning when Taylor Smith hit a three-RBI home run to score Courtney Capps and Dani Warren.
The Wildcats took the lead again with a three-run homer of their own in the top of the sixth.
Again, the Drovers’ response was enough as Brooke McLeod scored on an RBI single by McKenna Eubank, who returned home a few plays later on a sacrifice fly by Warren. The Drovers won the game 5-4.
The second game was all about USAO as the Drovers drove in nine runs to win the game 9-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Each run was scored by a different Drover as Kaylin Taylor, Skyler Nichols, Hannah Neill, Landmark, Capps, Smith, Kayla Adams, Sevie Carel and Eubank crossed the plate.
Adams, USAO’s starting catcher, had three RBIs in the game, all of which came off a third-inning home run to left center. Tate Landmark also had three RBIs in the game while Capps had two.
USAO scored the first five runs of the game in the bottom of the third, and the final four runs to seal the win three innings later.
The Drovers will enjoy a free weekend before returning to action on the road Tuesday afternoon at Langston. Their next home game will be a conference doubleheader on Thursday against No. 16 Saint Gregory’s. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bill Smith Ballpark.