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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.



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CHICKASHA – The Drovers put up four solid runs were in Thursday afternoon’s Senior Day game, but it proved not enough to top the No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist Bison.

The Drovers struggled to find rhythm in the first half of the game, giving up five quick runs. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth when the Drovers got on the board.

CHICKASHA – Two strong games Saturday games gave the Drovers their fourth conference sweep of the season as they overtook the Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers.

On Thursday in Shawnee, the Drovers took game one with a 5-4 victory. Saturday’s doubleheader saw 5-2 and 11-3 USAO home victories.

In Saturday’s first game, the Drovers were down 2-0 when they put themselves on the board for the first time in the fifth when Brian...

CHICKASHA – The Drovers blew past Hillsdale College on Thursday afternoon, securing the 11-6 victory at Bill Smith Ballpark.

Blake Pruett, who was the starting right fielder on Thursday, went 3-for-4, scored two runs and batted a runner in. Left fielder Brian Vigo went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

Nolan Crowdus also scored two runs as a pinch runner for catcher Owen Adams, who went 2-for-3 on the afternoon....

CHICKASHA – Sitting in the middle of the pack with just two conference series left, the Drover baseball players hold their fate in their hands.

“The last few series we’ve really done a lot better,” said senior Brandon Jewett. “It’s a slow start. Not really the start we wanted, but we’re coming around as a team and together. We’re planning on having a good tournament.”

CHICKASHA – USAO Athletics and Colleges Against Cancer chapter will host their final Pink Out Cancer games of the 2011-12 season as both the baseball and softball teams go pink this April.

“We are excited to bring the pink games to Bill Smith Ballpark,” said Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, CAC sponsor. “We hope to see all fans match the Drovers in pink.”

The baseball’s pink game will be April 12 with a game at 3 p.m. against...