Brian Vigo

CHICKASHA – Thirteen runs in nine innings gave the Drovers an easy win 13-4 over Bethany College on Saturday afternoon.

The Drovers (13-2) appeared to be in trouble early in the game. Bethany College’s first at bat resulted in a single, and the Swedes scored two in the first inning and a third in the second inning.

Jared Coon

CHICKASHA – After a strong performance at the plate in the three game series against Friends University, Jared Coon was named Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Coon — the Drovers’ starting left fielder — batted .538 this weekend, hitting seven of his 13 at bats.

Of his seven hits, three were doubles, one was a triple and one was a home run. In game two of the series, Coon nearly hit for the cycle, missing...

Blake McMullen

CHICKASHA – The Drovers had little trouble with a home sweep over Friends University. In a series spanning Saturday and Sunday, USAO scored 35 runs in just three games.

The Drovers (12-2) scored more runs in each passing game, topping out at 19 in the final game of the series.

In the middle of a home stretch, the Drovers return to action next weekend at home against Bethany College. The three-game series begins with a...

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CHICKASHA – With already three series under their belts, the 2013 Drover baseball players are off to a strong 9-2 start.

“We’ve played pretty well so far. I’m happy with what we’ve done,” Head Coach Mike Ross said. “We finished the season really strong last year, and I think coming into this year they needed to get off to a good start, and I think we’ve done that.”

With almost all the starters returning and a whooping 16...

Zach Gonzalez

CHICKASHA – The Drovers split with the Saint Mary Spires in the doubleheader to finish the four-games series, which the Drovers took 3-1.

The Drovers (9-2) started off the first game of the day with senior left fielder Jared Coon’s solo homer in the second at bat of the game.

Up 1-0 early, the Drovers struggled to get on base in the next several innings. Saint Mary was able to tie the score with a single in the fifth...

Robert Summers

CHICKASHA – The Drovers scored 11 runs to take both games in a Friday afternoon doubleheader against the University of Saint Mary.

The Drovers (8-1) got off to a strong start with Blake McMullen on the mound in game one. McMullen, who earned his third win of the season, threw 10 strikeouts and allowed just three hits. USM’s only run was not earned.

In the bottom of the second with two outs, Blake Pruett tripled to right...

Coach Ross and Seth Sturgeon

USAO Baseball Coach Mike Ross and the Drovers are off to a strong 6-1 start going into the team's home opening series against the University of Saint Mary. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 8. The Drovers will take on Saint Mary the following afternoon as well.

Here's what Coach Ross had to say about the home opener...

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CHICKASHA – The 2013 Drover baseball season presents new challenges, but a lot of the same great ball with a group of players already familiar with the program and the conference.

Head Coach Mike Ross said that while he expects a pretty good season out of the Drovers, he doesn't like to put lofty expectations on the team’s performance so early in the year.

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CHICKASHA – Having the tennis program cut at East Central may have been the best thing that ever happened to Phil Barnes.

As a junior in 1978 all of a sudden seeking a new place to play tennis, Barnes found USAO. And from there, his life just fell into place.

“I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I hadn’t gone to USAO. There’s no question about it,” Barnes said. “You don’t think so at the time at you are being molded, but that’...

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CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.