Date Published: 
06/03/2014
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CHICKASHA– A 2014 Drover became the third in baseball history to score an NAIA All-American selection after a season that saw the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma make a trip to the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

Jaime Gurrola was named NAIA Honorable Mention, following two NAIA selections in 2013 and becoming the third player for the 2013-14 school year to be honored in such a way.

“I’m very happy for him; he had a great year,” Head Coach Mike Ross said about Gurrola’s All-American selection.

As a transfer from Vernon Junior College, Gurrola finished third on the team in batting average at .393, which is good for eighth in the conference. His slugging percentage, .707, is also eighth in the SAC and led the Drovers in 2014.

Also leading the team in runs batted in and home runs for the season, Gurrola knocked to ball out of the park on nine occasions, which is fifth in the SAC, and recorded 54 RBIs for fourth in the conference.

Additionally, Gurrola hit 20 doubles. Not only is that tied for fifth in the conference, it’s tied for second in USAO history in single-season doubles.

The Drover baseball team finished with a record of 27-22 overall and 15-12 in conference. The other Drover All-Americans on the season were Liam Madden, from men’s soccer and Jahseth Lloyd, from men’s basketball.

Gurrola is a psychology junior from El Paso, Texas, and the son of Jaime and Irene Gurrola.