USAO Sports
Justin Tinder, Sports Information Director

OKLAHOMA CITY – USAO built a small cushion between its nearest competitor in the race for the top spot in the Sooner Athletic Conference baseball standings with a 5-2 victory over Oklahoma City University Thursday night.

The Drovers, the NAIA’s seventh-ranked team, improved to 29-4 and 15-1 in league play. Ninth-ranked Oklahoma City slipped to 27-5 overall and 13-3 in the SAC.

Miguel Lorenzo (JR/Boston, MA)’s three-run homer in the third inning put USAO in front 4-2. Lorenzo’s homer, his sixth on the year, scored Stevie Thompson (SR/Midwest City, OK) and Brandon Shumway(FR/Chickasha, OK) along with himself.

Francis Ventura (SR/Yonkers, NY) picked up his seventh win of the year working eight innings allowing just five hits, two runs and striking out three. Angel Reyes (JR/Bayamon, Puerto Rico) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his school-record ninth save of the season.

The same two teams play Saturday in Chickasha with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.