CHICKASHA — The USAO baseball program continues to make history as two players join an elite list of NAIA All-Americans — a first for Drover baseball.
Brian Vigo, a senior outfielder, was named All-America Second Team while third baseman Heath Wilda was named All-America Honorable Mention.
“We are extremely happy for them as a program,” Head Baseball Coach Mike Ross said. “Both of them are well deserving of this honor. It just goes to show that they put the hard work and effort in and got rewarded for it.”
The players join a list of 36 other USAO All-Americans from various sports throughout the university’s history.
Vigo was a crucial Drover outfielder this season who ended up leading the team in batting average and home runs, so it’s no wonder he claims the Second Team All-American spot
Batting .386 on the season, Vigo now is second in school history in single-season hits with 78.
He led the team in home runs with 12 on the season, which puts him seventh in the NAIA in that category. He scored a total of 40 runs and drove in 49 more. He has a slugging percentage of .629.
He also leads the team — and is second in school history — in stolen bases with 20 on the season.
As the Drovers’ center fielder, he had just two errors in 102 putouts.
He was named SAC Player of the Week in February and an NAIA Champion of Character in May.
He is a physical education senior from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and is the son of Rafael Vigo and Cynthia Saurez.
Starting at third base for the last two years, Wilda has been essential to the Drovers’ recent success, earning him a spot as an All-America Honorable Mention.
For the Drovers this season, Wilda led the team in RBIs sitting at the three-hole all season. He is credited with batting in 57 runners, which is tied for fourth in school history in a single season. It is also 16th in the NAIA this season.
With a batting average of .378, he had a total of 74 hits, which was third on the team, as well as now being third in school history. The previous record, which had been held since 2000, was 72. He also had 43 runs on the season.
He came in second on the team in home runs with seven bombs during the season. Also, he had an on-base percentage of .434 and a slugging percentage of .582.
He was named All-Conference First Team honors in 2012 and 2013.
He is a business senior from Chickasha and the son of Kevin and Tammie Wilda.