Coach L.J. Powell

CHICKASHA – Sometimes the impact one man can make on the lives he touches is immeasurable.

That is certainly true for long-time USAO baseball coach L.J. Powell, who retired from coaching in 2009. Powell was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame this month. He previously was named to the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

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CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.

Sam Hayden

CHICKASHA – Just five years after he graduated from USAO, Sam Hayden is back as the assistant baseball coach and is eager to help the program continue to make a strong presence in one of the toughest conferences in the league.

“My goal at USAO is to help continue the winning tradition that we have and to help make the University of Science and Arts a premiere program in the Sooner Athletic Conference,” Hayden said.

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CHICKASHA – Three Drover starters were named 2012 Sooner Athletic Baseball All-Conference after strong performances in the field and at the plate this season.

Third baseman Heath Wilda and outfielder Jared Coon were named All-Conference First Team while first baseman Zach Gonzalez took home All-Conference Second Team honors.

Jared Coon
Coon, a junior from McNeese State, led the Drovers in almost...

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SHAWNEE – For the second day in a row, the Drovers played nine innings and scored 10 runs, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

Taking on Saint Gregory’s in the Drovers’ final game of the tournament, shortstop Konrad Mueller hit a grand slam in the bottom of the second to put the Drovers in the lead for the first time in the game.

USAO entered the bottom of the ninth trailing...

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SHAWNEE – Despite a strong first five innings, the Drovers couldn’t overtake the No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist Bison in the second game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

The game was close up until a tough sixth inning propelled the Bison into a large lead.

The Bison were able to score first with three in the bottom of the third, and the Drovers responded with a run in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Brian Vigo...

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CHICKASHA – Looking back on the 2012 regular season, Drover baseball assistant coach Matt Hibbitts said despite a slow start, it’s been a fun season to watch develop.

“We were a little bit disappointed about how things started out. But the last 22 games, I think we went 16-6, which is a really good comeback,” he said. “We’re pretty happy with it and excited to get ready for the conference tournament.”

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SHAWNEE – Four runs, nine innings and a diving catch later, the Drovers claim the first victory in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, overtaking No. 18 Rogers State 4-3.

The game went down to the wire and was described by Coach Mike Ross as a nail biter.

“It was just a great game. It’s what post-season baseball is all about,” Ross said. “That’s what you play for is for games like this. We just have to come out and do it...

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CHICKASHA – After throwing a complete game shutout against the tough eighth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist, Eddie Cervantes was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Cervantes pitched all seven innings in the Drovers’ lone 1-0 win against the Bison. He allowed just seven hits while throwing three strikeouts.

It is the first Pitcher of the Week honor for the Drover baseball team this season. Jared Coon was...

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CHICKASHA – The USAO Drovers are heading back to Shawnee this week to compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday through Saturday.

At 27-19 overall and 17-13 in the SAC, the Drovers enter the tournament as the sixth seed.

The teams will play a round-robin style within two separate pools. The champion of each pool will then compete in the championship on Saturday.

USAO plays in a pool with...