CHICKASHA – The weekend could have gone better for both Drover teams as the University of Science and Arts lost five games in two series against the highly ranked teams from Lubbock Christian.
The USAO softball team dropped both games of its Friday doubleheader 10-4 and 7-6 while the No. 21st ranked baseball team lost 8-2 and 11-1 in their Friday doubleheader. The top-ranked LCU baseball team hit seven home runs in Saturday’s finale in route to a 20-1 win. The USAO baseball team fell to 26-9 overall and 10-7 in the league while the softball team moves to 15-20 overall and 4-12 in conference.
Game one proved to be the baseball team’s best chance at an upset with Nate Hammons on the mound. Hammons was the last Drover pitcher to beat LCU in 2007. He struck out five in a complete-game performance, but five USAO errors were too much to overcome.
USAO tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning before LCU added six runs in the final two innings. Errors in game two hurt as well as sophomore pitcher Caleb Martin gave up only five earned runs in four innings with seven strikeouts.
Senior Brandt Lierle hit his 15th home run of the season in game two and only needs one more to tie the single-season record set by Les Graham in 2003.
In game two of the softball series, the Drovers rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to cut the LCU lead to 7-6. But the team was unable to tie the game in the seventh. Senior designate hitter Caitlyn Crotty hit two home runs in the series and has six homers for the season.
Both teams are in action Tuesday with the baseball team hosting Cameron at 2 p.m. The softball team will play three days straight with doubleheaders at to Mid-America Christian Tuesday, at Northwestern Oklahoma Wednesday and at home against Oklahoma Baptist Thursday.