CHICKASHA – The Drovers grabbed the sweep over Mid-America Christian Evangels on Tuesday afternoon, winning both games in comeback victories.
Sophomore pitcher Neesha Sorrell started off game one throwing three swinging strikeouts. She threw three more strikeouts before the Drovers gave up a run in the sixth inning off a strong double. Sorrell threw two more strikeouts to end the inning.
The Drovers responded with three runs. First, Sara Reeves singled to center field bringing home Sorrell and Whitney St. John. Shortstop Taylor Smith then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Hannah Neil.
The Drovers won the game 3-1. Sorrell pitched the complete game, giving up just four hits and throwing eight total strikeouts.
Game two started similarly with both teams struggling to score. Again, the Evangels got on the board first with two runs in the fourth inning.
But much like the first game, the Drovers responded accordingly. Kristin Moyers hit a double to left center, scoring Skyler Nichols and Liz Agpalo. Moyers then scored off an RBI by Smith.
With a 3-2 lead, the Drovers gave up a tying run in the top of the seventh and the game was forced into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth and Katie Jirak on third, MACU pitcher Jackie Hilterbran was faced with two of USAO’s best hitters. The Evangels decided to intentionally walk both Ashley Mitchell and Liz Agpalo.
With the bases loaded, Hilterbran unintentionally walked Reeves to score Jirak and give the Drovers the 4-3 win.
The Drovers are 21-11 and 5-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They travel to Claremore to play Saint Gregory’s on Saturday afternoon before returning home for a doubleheader with Rogers State next Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m.