BETHANY – Everything came together for the University of Science and Arts in Tuesday’s 13-1 game-two win over Southern Nazarene. One of the best offenses in school history exploded, and freshman pitcher Presley Tepe posted a four-hitter for her fifth win of the season.
Game two was a stark contrast from game one, where SNU pitcher Andrea Pare posted a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts to help the Crimson Storm to an 8-0 win. SNU moved to 32-14 overall while the Drovers are 21-22 after the series. USAO, though, still has a two-game lead over SNU in the conference standings with a 10-14 record.
USAO finds itself in fifth place in the conference standings with one doubleheader remaining thanks to Tepe’s performance on the mound and an offense that clobbered 13 hits, five extra base hits and three home runs.
Senior Caitlyn Crotty added her name to the top of the single-season home run list with a two-run missile over the right centerfield wall in the fifth inning. She tied senior shortstop Leslie Beaty for first place with nine homers this season.
The Drovers held a 7-1 lead going into the fifth until Crotty drove in two runs. Then Sarah Jamison and Michelle Bauer hit back-to-back home runs later in the inning to score three more runs. Tepe drove in the final USAO run with a sacrifice fly, and the Waco, Texas, product collected the final three outs including the last by strikeout to seal the win.
USAO wraps up the regular season with a Tuesday doubleheader at Oklahoma Baptist beginning at 2 p.m. The Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament is scheduled for May 1-2 at Oklahoma City’s Hall of Fame Stadium.