CHICKASHA – The Drover softball team won both games of its home opening series against Langston University on Wednesday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.
A four-run fourth inning for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (5-2) led to the 7-0 win in game one of the doubleheader. In the second game, the Drovers took it down to the bottom of the seventh before squeezing out the 3-2 victory.
In game one, freshman Tate Landmark pitched a complete-game shutout. She threw eight strikeouts, no walks and allowed three hits.
Also strong at bat, Landmark went 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring two runs and batting two runners in.
Lead off hitter Kaylin Taylor scored two runs in the game while McKenna Eubank scored a run and had two RBIs.
Also scoring in game one was Sara Reeves, who was walked in after reaching on an error by Langston’s shortstop.
USAO took a one-run lead in the second inning of the second game when Brooke McLeod doubled to left field to score right fielder Courtney Capps from first base.
Langston’s first baseman LaChell Bell hit two solo homers in the game, giving the Lions the 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Fortunately for USAO, the Drovers were able to load the bases in the final inning with one out. Eubank brought in the tying run, scored by pinch runner Morgan Jervis.
In the next at bat, Landmark hit the timely single to bring home Skyler Nichols for the game-winning run.
The Drovers have teamed up with Mid-America Christian University to host the USAO/MACU Tournament at the Chickasha Sports Complex on Friday and Saturday. The Drovers will be in action at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday as well as three games on Saturday.