CHICKASHA – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma put up a strong performance at the plate and in the circle in a Thursday afternoon home split against No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist.
A hard-hitting first two innings in the first game gave the Drovers (12-9, 2-4) a lead Oklahoma Baptist (11-7, 5-2) could not overcome. The Drovers scored all nine runs early, winning game one 9-7.
The first two runs came on a home run by Courtney Capps, who got a piece of the ball to send it straight over the center field fence. Tate Landmark, who reached second base on an error in the previous play, also scored on the homer.
USAO drove in three more — Taylor Smith, Brooke McLeod and Kayla Adams — before the inning ended.
The second inning was almost as productive as Kaylin Taylor, Dani Warren, Landmark and Capps each crossed home plate. Capps went 2-for-3 in the game, scoring two runs and batting in three.
Despite giving up some runs later in the game, the Drovers maintained the lead through the seven innings.
Tate Landmark (5-3) pitched a complete game, throwing eight strikeouts and giving up just three earned runs.
Heading into the second half of the afternoon’s doubleheader, the Drovers started off strong, taking the lead in the first inning as the lead-off hitter, Taylor, scored off a single to center field by Smith. Taylor scored again later on a fifth-inning single by Capps.
The difficulty for the Drovers came in the fourth inning as the team gave up all five of OBU’s runs on a couple good hits, falling 5-2.
Brooke McLeod (4-3) and Jaci Booker split time in the circle in the second game.
The Drovers head to the McPherson Tournament this weekend. Then on Wednesday, they play a road game at Cameron before returning home for a non-conference doubleheader against Baker University on Thursday. The first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Bill Smith Ballpark.