SHAWNEE – The Drovers, now 1-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, dropped in extra innings in Thursday’s second game to Mid-America Christian, a team that is making a much-needed run in the tournament.
In the previous game, seventh-seeded MACU (32-26) upset No.15 Oklahoma Baptist, the tournament’s second-seed.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (37-23) fell to the Evangels 8-5 in the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the first, the Drovers scored two runs. First, Kaylin Taylor scored on an error after reaching on a single to third base. The second run came in when Dani Warren scored on a ground out by pitcher Tate Landmark.
The Drovers grabbed one more in the bottom of the third when Taylor Smith hit a solo home run to left field to bring the lead to 3-0.
In the fourth inning, an infield single by Taylor scored Brooke McLeod to extend the Drovers’ lead.
MACU scored its first run in the top of the sixth inning and then took the lead with a four-run seventh inning.
Taylor, who reach base each of the five times she was up, led off for the Drovers with a bunt and advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Warren. Taylor scored the tying run off an RBI-single by Courtney Capps. It was the only run of the inning, forcing the game into extra innings.
In the top of the ninth inning, MACU put three more away, putting the game out of reach for the Drovers.
Landmark (15-9) pitched six innings, throwing four strikeouts. Jaci Booker (14-8) came in as relief in the seventh inning, throwing two strikeouts in her three innings.
The Drovers go on to play OBU at 5:30 pm. Friday at OBU’s Softball Complex. The SAC Championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Oklahoma City University.
MACU next game will be at 3 p.m. Friday against sixth-seeded Northwood University, also at OBU.