CLAREMORE — GAME TWO
The Diamond Cats allowed five runs in the top of the first inning on just one hit while not recording an error in the opening half inning of play. A bases loaded walk scored the first run of the game before Brian Vigo blasted a grand slam over the scoreboard in left field putting USAO in the advantage 5-0.
In the home half of the inning RSU posted three runs of its own after back-to-back singles by Baker and Rivera started the bottom of the first. Baker scored on a sacrifice fly by Olazagasti and a Colton Campbell single to right plated Rivera cutting the Drover lead to just 5-2.
Tyler Wheeler registered his first hit of the afternoon with a one RBI double to deep left-center field as the Hillcats trailed 5-3 after one inning of action.
A hit-by-pitch to leadoff the second inning led to a RBI ground out by Heath Wilda to push the USAO advantage back out to three runs at 6-3. RSU answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the second on a two-out, two-on single to left by Olazagasti trimmed the score to 6-4 Drovers.
Both teams were held blank in the third but RSU cut to within one run in the bottom of the fourth. A Rivera walk was followed by a triple by Olazagasti into the right field corner putting RSU behind just 6-5 after four.
In the top of the fifth, a misplayed grounder by the Hillcats with two outs loaded the bases for USAO. The Drovers capitalized with a two-RBI double by Daniel Edwards that just hugged the line to stay fair put the score at its final mark of 8-5 in favor of USAO.
Kyle Duncan (5-1) received the loss, his first of the season, as the Hillcat starter went just 1.1 innings of work. T.J. Law pitched three innings of relief while Law’s high school teammate at Broken Arrow, Mason Marquette, closed the game with 2.2 innings of work.
Seth Sturgeon (6-2) earned the complete game victory for USAO as he allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits.
Hillcat second baseman Jose Olazagasti went 3-for-6 on the afternoon with four RBI in the doubleheader split.
Rogers State (25-9, 10-4) travels to Chickasha, Okla. to wrap up the regular season series with USAO (28-10, 6-7) on Saturday, April 5 for a 2 p.m. first pitch for the doubleheader.