WAXAHACHIE, Texas – History was made in game one of the doubleheader against Southwestern Assemblies of God (6-38, 1-29) when University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (27-19, 9-11) pitcher Brooke McLeod threw her first career no hitter.
McLeod’s no hitter was the reason for a 6-0 victory, while the second game went in favor of the Drovers with a final score of 8-0 in five innings.
It was the fifth recorded no hitter in USAO history, and McLeod (6-5) was just one batter away from a perfect game. She pitched two strikeouts and only allowed one base runner.
While pitching was a focal point in the doubleheader, the offense also made it easy to win both games with a combined 23 hits and 14 runs on the day.
In the first game, the Drovers got on the board in the first inning when Taylor Smith doubled down the right field line to score Kailyn Taylor to grab the 1-0 lead. Smith finished the game 2-for-4 and batted in three of the six Drover runs in the game.
McLeod also contributed offensively by going 2-for-4 and driving in one run in a five-run fifth inning to give the Drovers the insurance needed for the win.
In the second game, Jaci Booker (11-6) grabbed her second win of the weekend, pitching three out of the five innings giving up one hit and striking out one batter on her way to the victory. Tate Landmark pitched the final two innings, throwing four strikeouts.
Offense took center stage again in the fifth inning with another five-run fifth to give the Drovers the sweep of the Lions on the season.
Sevie Carel and Hannah Neill were the big bats for the second game with Carel going a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and walking in her third time up, while Neill went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs.
Courtney Capps pinch hit in her only at bat and got a single that turned into a base clearing play as she also scored on the play on an over thrown ball that sailed to the outfield. Officially, she only batted in one run due to the error, but the play scored four of the five runs on the inning.
The Drovers will return to Chickasha on Wednesday afternoon in a makeup doubleheader to take on Mid-America Christian. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
After the home doubleheader, the Drovers travel to Texas Wesleyan on Friday for a doubleheader and then to Cedar Hill, Texas, on Saturday to face Northwood University.