The No. 3 ranked USAO Drovers (13-1, 3-0 SAC) swept a doubleheader over the Mid-America Christian University Evangels (14-8, 0-3 SAC) with a 10-0 and 4-3 win on Friday.
Game 1: Merrill Dominates As Drovers Secure Series Win
The Drovers took the first game of the doubleheader with a 10-0 win over Mid-America.
The Drovers sent the hard throwing righty Matt Merrill to the mound, who controlled the game from start to finish, throwing a complete game, 7 inning shutout. Merrill would allow just 2 hits and would finish his day with 11 strikeouts. With the win, Merrill moves to 4-0 on the season with a 0.75 era for USAO, which ranks him number 1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Offensively USAO would put together a 10 hit game, led by Brock Henderson who went 2-3 with 2 singles and 2 RBI’s on the day. Luis Pelayo went 2-3 with a single and a double. Joey Pena went 2-3 with a single and a double. Isaac Raab went 1-4 with a double and 1 RBI. Ian Laureano went 1-3 with a double. Colton Bensch went 1-2 with a single. Sterling Valera went 1-3, as he would connect on his first home run of the season. Valera also finished his day with 2 RBI’s for USAO.
Game 2: USAO Completes Sweep Of MACU With 4-3 Win
The Drovers took the second game of the doubleheader and with a 4-3 win over the Evangels and with the win the Drovers picked up its first conference series win of the season.
In the Series finale USAO started lefty Colton Williams, who would again get the job done for the Drovers. Williams would toss 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 unearned run on the night and 9 strikeouts for USAO. With the win Williams improves to 4-0 on the season. In relief the Drovers called on Ricardo Velez, who would throw 1.1 innings and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Velez finished his night with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and would collect his 2nd save on the season.
USAO’s offense slowed in the second game as they would only collect 5 hits, led by Cristian Laboy and Luis Pelayo. Laboy went 2-3 with 2 singles and 2 RBI’s. Pelayo went 2-3 with 2 singles. Brock Henderson went 1-1 with a single and 2 RBI’s.
The No. 3 ranked USAO Drovers will be in a top 15 matchup, Tuesday, March 3 when they Travel to Arlington, Texas to take on No. 12 ranked LSU-Shreveport.