CHICKASHA – Sophomore pitcher Neesha Sorrell broke a school record in strikeouts thrown on Tuesday afternoon in a split against Oklahoma Baptist.
Sorrell propelled the Drovers to the win in the ninth inning of game one against the Bison with 16 strikeouts. She allowed just four hits and walked just one batter.
Michelle Bauer previously held the record of 15 strikeouts thrown in a game against Northwestern Iowa in 2007.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Drovers got on the board first when Markie LaFerney tripled to left center and scored Taylor Smith, who had previously singled to the same spot.
After giving up a lead in the fourth, the Drovers got back on top with a run by Skyler Nichols off an RBI by Kayla Adams.
OBU was able to tie it again and the game went into extra innings. The Bison took the lead in the eighth, but USAO forced it into the ninth inning with another run by Smith off a sacrifice fly by LaFerney.
The Drovers won it in the bottom of the ninth when Chelsea Zuchnik scored from third off a passed ball.
USAO won 4-3 but couldn’t overtake a game two three-run inning by the Bison and fell 3-2 in the second half of the doubleheader.
In the second game, the Drovers again got on the board first when Kristin Moyers scored off an error in the second inning. They continued to lead the game before giving up three runs in the top of the sixth.
The Drovers did score another run in the bottom of the seventh. The bases were loaded, and OBU’s pitcher Noelle McDowell walked Smith to score LaFerney.
The Drovers end the regular season 28-20 and 12-14 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They will play in the SAC Tournament on Friday at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, but seedings and the schedule have not yet been released.