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CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference recognized USAO five players as well as the Drovers’ head coach with major All-Conference baseball honors.

For the first time in his career, head coach Mike Ross was named SAC Coach of the Year, while five of his players earned All-SAC honors.

“With the quality of coaches in the league and the quality of teams, that I would be selected as Coach of the Year is a huge honor,” Ross...

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CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team will be playing in the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round for the first time in school history after qualifying for the tournament.

The Drovers will not have to travel far for the Opening Round. (23) USAO (40-17) will play (15) Sterling College (45-12) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Jim Wade Stadium on Oklahoma City University’s campus.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers finished out the Sooner Athletic Conference 2-1 with both a win and a loss on Friday at Oklahoma City University.

Because Thursday’s tournament games were moved to Friday, the Drovers (40-17) played two games, crushing Mid-America Christian 14-1 before ultimately falling to (1) Oklahoma City 4-2.

The Drovers had no trouble against eighth-seeded Mid-America Christian in the Friday afternoon game.

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Heath Wilda

CHICKASHA – Senior Heath Wilda has been an instrumental part of Drover baseball’s record-breaking season but remains humble about his role in it all.

In a Sunday afternoon home doubleheader, the Drovers tied and then beat the school’s wins record, which was set in 2009. Being a part of the experience, Wilda said, was special for him and his teammates.

“It was a really good experience. Us 16 seniors were really excited to...

Owen Adams

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers and the Hillcats battled through nine action-packed innings on Wednesday afternoon, but USAO came out on top in the first game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

No. 25 Drovers (39-14) scored in four separate innings to defeat Rogers State 6-5.

“We came in and did what we needed to do. It was a great game from both sides until the final pitch,” Head Coach Mike Ross said. “...

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CHICKASHA – With the regular season wrapped up, the Drovers enter the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament as fourth seed.

“I’m pretty happy we got the fourth seed. It’s only the second time we finished the top four, so we are pretty happy,” head coach Mike Ross said.

The Drovers entered the conference picked to finish fifth.

The round-robin style tournament spans four days, with the first set of games on...

Jared Coon

CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team set the school’s wins record as well as an individual hitting and appearances records in Sunday’s final regular season doubleheader against Mid-America Christian.

Collecting two more wins, the Drovers (38-16) set the school record for most wins in a season. In 2009, the Drovers had a record of 37-14.

Left fielder Jared Coon, who had three hits and scored three runs on Sunday, now tops...

Seth Sturgeon  & Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – A rigorous class schedule. Daily demands at practices. Regular out-of-town away game trips. Participation in campus activities and student life.

Sounds like a lot for one student, but two USAO athletes have figured it out.

Tashina Ototivo and Seth Sturgeon earned the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award because of strong performances in the classroom, on the field and court and their involvement in the...

Chris Fischer

CHICKASHA – After a three-hitter against the No. 19 team in the country, USAO’s Chris Fischer was named Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Against Oklahoma Baptist on Sunday, Fischer (4-3) threw a complete game, allowing just three hits and walking just two batters. In the win, Fischer didn’t permit any earned runs.

In the game, he threw 10 strikeouts, which matches his season high set in early March against...

Chris Fischer

CHICKASHA – USAO split in another conference series over the weekend, taking two from (19) Oklahoma Baptist.

In the Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark, the Drovers (34-16) won the first game before falling in the second.

The Drovers came out strong in the first inning of the day. After three quick outs in the top of the inning, the Drovers’ third batter, Heath Wilda, hit two-run homer to bring home...