CHICKASHA – With five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the University of Science and Arts rallied for a 12-11 game two victory over Rogers State Monday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.
The extra-innings win insured the doubleheader split after RSU’s 8-5 game one win.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first inning, USAO responded with scores in the first three innings. A Leslie Beaty single scored Rosy Campos for the Drovers’ first run in the bottom of the first inning, and a double by Sarah Jamison scored Michelle Bauer to cut the lead to 4-2 after two innings.
Caitlyn Crotty singled home Campos in the third inning to cut the deficit to one run going into the fourth, where the USAO bats really came alive.
Jamison singled with two outs to begin the assault. Laurissa Eliason followed a single by Laci Weger with a base hit that scored Rochelle Chrismon, who pinch ran for Jamison. With the score tied 4-4, Campos added a two-run single to her 4-for-5 performance at the plate. Eliason and Weger scored to make the score 6-4.
After a double by Beaty and a walk for Crotty, an RSU error allowed Campos to score and put USAO ahead 7-4.
RSU answered with a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to tie the score and force extra innings. The Hillcats stayed hot in the top of the eighth with four runs including two home runs to take a commanding 11-7 lead.
The Drovers answered with three consecutive singles and a double by Crotty to make the score 11-10 with no outs. After Hillary Brown walked to load the bases, Bauer grounded into what looked to be a simple 4-3 double play.
RSU second baseman Natalie Smith, who went 2-for-4 on the day, tagged Brown first the first out of the inning but dropped the ball before she could throw out Bauer at first base. The ground out scored Beaty from third base to tie the score, and the error allowed Kristi Stout to score from second for the game-winning run.
The split moved USAO to 12-20 overall and 4-11 in the conference. RSU moved to 18-12 overall and 3-7 in the league. The Drovers continue conference play with a Wednesday doubleheader at Northwestern Oklahoma. They return home for a Saturday doubleheader against No. 6 Lubbock Christian beginning at noon.