CHICKASHA – The Drovers pulled out two victories after scoring 19 runs in home conference games on Wednesday afternoon against Oklahoma Baptist, who is currently receiving votes nationally.
After winning the first one with a solid 9-3 margin, the Drovers (17-10, 3-5) turned around to give up a 7-0 lead in game two and take the game into the bottom of the eighth inning before pulling out the 10-9 victory.
Four of the Drovers’ nine runs in the first game came off of three home runs: solo bombs by pitchers Morgan Bratcher and Brooke McLeod and a two-RBI homer by USAO catcher Kayla Adams.
In that game, Adams went 2-for-3, scoring two runs and driving three runs in.
Bratcher, who pitched the complete game, went 2-for-2 from the plate to score a run and bat in two others. In the circle, she threw two strikeouts and walked just one player in all seven innings.
Third baseman Ashley Rasvoic scored two runs and had a single RBI in the game. Also scoring were Taylor Smith, Chelsea Zuchnik and Markie LaFerney.
Coming off a high from the win, the Drovers started game two with six runs in the bottom of the first inning. They extended their lead with another run in the second inning.
But then things began to go south for the Drovers. The Bison scored three runs a piece in the next three innings. With USAO’s first seven and two more in the fourth, the game was tied 9-9 going into the bottom of the fifth game.
After that, neither team saw more than four batters in any half inning, and the game was forced into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, McLeod hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Adams, who started the inning on second due to the NAIA softball extra innings rule. Adams then beat out the Bison fielders to score the winning run when Zuchnik hit to the infield.
Zuchnik batted .500 in the game, scoring two runs while driving in another four. First baseman Sara Reeves, also batting .500, crossed the plate once and had two RBIs.
Adams and McLeod each scored two runs in the game, while Katie Jirak, Rasvoic and Hannah Neill each had one.
Bratcher, who came into the game as pitcher in the fifth, threw five strikeouts and earned her second win of the day. She is 7-7 on the season.
The Drovers will host No. 11 Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. before finishing the series against OBU at noon Friday in Shawnee.