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The No. 3 ranked USAO Drovers (11-1, 1-0 SAC) defeated Mid-America Christian University Evangels (14-6, 0-1 SAC) 9-8 in the Sooner Athletic Conference opener.

The Drovers sent Jean Muntaner to the mound where he would throw 8 innings, allowing 4 earned runs and finish his day with an impressive 14 strikeouts. With the win Muntaner improves to 2-1 on the season for USAO. In relief the Drovers called on Ricardo Velez, who threw 1 inning finishing with 3 strikeouts on the day.

USAO’s offense would put together 9 hits in the series opener as they would be led by Luis Pelayo and Ian Laureano. Pelayo went 2-5 with a single and a double. Laureano went 2-5 with a single and a double. Gus Wilson went 1-4 with a double. Cristian Laboy went 1-3 with a single and 1 RBI. Joey Pena was 1-2 with a single . Colton Bensch went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Brock Henderson went 1-5 with a single.

The Drovers and Evangels will play a doubleheader Friday to close out the series. First-pitch for game one is scheduled for 4:00 PM at Bill Smith Ballpark in Chickasha, Oklahoma.