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By Special Contributor Jeremiah Lane

Special Contributor Jon Singer
CHICKASHA – It’s commonly heard that many great athletes play for the love of the game. However, it’s not common to hear about the mentors of these athletes who coach and teach for the love of the game.

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers now have two players from the 2013 baseball squad who will be playing professional ball this year after Brian Vigo, USAO’s starting center fielder, signed as a free agent with the Saint Louis Cardinals franchise this week.

Vigo told USAO head coach Mike Ross that the franchise officials called him and asked him to sign as a free agent. He signed on the dotted line on Wednesday and already arrived in...

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CHICKASHA – It’s every little boy’s dream to be play professional sports, and on Saturday, that dream came true for USAO’s Blake McMullen.

McMullen, a senior pitcher for the Drovers’ baseball team, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 29th round of the MLB draft.

“Words can’t explain it. It’s just a dream come true to me,” McMullen said. “It’s awesome. I’m so excited.”

McMullen was one of 37 NAIA...

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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....

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CHICKASHA – Brian Vigo’s character surpasses that of a traditional student athlete. He works hard and keeps a positive attitude; He’s respectful of opponents and maintains good sportsmanship, even under less than ideal circumstances.

These aspects and more were what made Vigo a natural choice for an NAIA Champion of Character, an award to which he was named earlier this month.

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CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball season, complete with broken records and national tournament invite, turned out to be the best season in school history, something Assistant Coach Sam Hayden was excited to see his first season back at the university.

“The season was unbelievable. From the start of the fall, we knew what kind of team we had,” Hayden said. “They were ready to go from the very beginning until the very end, so it was an...

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers played a strong ball game with 14 hits and six runs but fell to No. 2 Oklahoma City Stars in the 11th inning of an elimination game in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Friday night at OCU.

The Stars go on to Jamestown (N.D.) in another elimination game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In the double-elimination tournament, the loss sends the Drovers (41-19) home with the season wrapped. The...

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers continue to fight in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round as they defeat Northwestern (Iowa) and move on to play (2) Oklahoma City on Friday.

“It was a good day for us,” Ross said. “We played well and got the lead early. We were able to hang on for the win. It was a lot of fun.”

In Friday afternoon’s game, the Drovers scored all five runs in just two innings.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers delivered a solid performance – and one player broke a school record -- in their first national tournament appearance, but ultimately fell to (15) Sterling College.

The tournament is double-elimination. The Drovers move on to play Northwestern (Iowa) at 11 a.m. Friday at Jim Wade Stadium at OCU, while Sterling will play either (2) Oklahoma City or Jamestown (N.D.) at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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CHICKASHA – Hours of practice, thousands of pitches and nearly four months of contests, the Drover baseball team earned their reward and the season’s No. 1 goal: The program’s first trip to the national tournament.

After are record-breaking season, the Drovers (40-17) are eager to play in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which is slated to begin Thursday at Oklahoma City University.