The USAO Drovers beat the Panhandle State Aggies, by the score of 18-1. With this win, the Drovers are now 44-6 on the season. With this loss, the Aggies are now 25-32 on the season. With this win, the Drovers are now in the driver’s seat. Now Texas Wesleyan will have to defeat the Drovers twice to advance to the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship.

The Drovers got yet another key start from Senior Jose Hidalgo, as he would fire 5 strong innings, allowing 1 unearned run, and give up just 2 hits. Hidalgo would finish would just 5 strikeouts on the season. After this win, Hidalgo will improve to 10-2 on the season. The Drovers use 2 relievers in this matchup, in Roberto Aldana and Rudy Gonzalez. Aldana would throw 1 inning, as he would not any runs or hits. Gonzalez would throw 1 inning, and would also not allow any runs or hits. Gonzalez would collect one strikeout on the afternoon.

The Offense for the Drovers came out hot and continued it throughout the game. USAO would score in every inning, but in the 3rd inning. The Drovers would collect 19 hits, and be led by Miguel Lorenzo. He would 4-5 with 4 singles. Kenniel Rivera went 3-6 with 3 singles, and he would finish with 3 RBI’s. Greg Barnette would go 3-4 with 2 singles and a double. P.J. Garica went 2-5 with 2 singles. Coleton Horner would go 2-3 with 2 doubles, and would finish with 3 RBI’s. Xavier Sundman would go 1-1 with a pinch-hit single. Daniel Lafarga went 1-4 with a single. Henry Rodriguez went 1-2 with a single. Stevie Thompson would go 1-2 with a single. Sergio Mendez went 1-1 with a pinch-hit double.

What’s next:

USAO will play Texas Wesleyan on Sunday at 1, and will just have to win one game to make the championship game.

Head Coach Mike Ross said “We had a great start from Jose today. He had great stuff. The team seemed motivated today and we came out and got it going early. Was a great day.

Tomorrow is going to be a great matchup. They are swinging it well and have some good arms left to throw. We were in the same situation last year and didn’t get it done. I expect our guys to come out with great energy. If we pitch it and have a good approach at the plate it should be a fun day.