CHICKASHA – Chickasha may have received snow this week, but the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is gearing up for another season of Drover baseball.
“(The season) looks pretty good if the sun will come out and melt all the snow. We got a couple warm days last weekend, and we were able to get outside and practice a little bit,” Head Coach Mike Ross said. “You’ve just got to pick you days and take advantage of the warm weather when you can get it.”
The 2014 season has a tough act to follow after a record-breaking 2013, but this team may be up for the challenge. With nearly every starter graduating last year, Ross spent the summer recruiting.
“We’ve got a bunch of new faces this year so we’ve just been out there practicing every day, trying to get better,” he said. “And I’m trying to learn what those guys can and can’t do, trying to put them in the right situations to be successful.”
After making the NAIA National Championship tournament in 2013, the Drovers are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll, which Ross said he was pleased to see.
“It’s nice to have some votes early. That puts you at an advantage when the first poll comes out,” he said. “(The players) are excited they got some recognition.”