CHICKASHA – Entering post-season with one of the best records in school history, the Drover softball team is hopeful a powerful run in the tournament could keep their post-season dreams alive.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (36-22) enters the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament as fourth seed, which is where SAC coaches picked USAO to finish in their annual pre-season polls.
The tournament will take on a new format this year. It will be a round-robin style with two pools where each team is guaranteed three games. USAO will play all three games at Oklahoma Baptist.
The team with the highest record from each pool will compete in the SAC Championship game on Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma City University.
The team who wins the championship will receive an automatic bid to the 2014 NAIA Softball National Championship tournament. Other teams will have to rely on an at-large bid to nationals.
On Thursday, USAO will take on sixth-seeded Northwood at 11 a.m. and seventh-seeded Mid-America Christian at 4 p.m. They will continue action on Friday against second-seeded OBU, who is ranked 15th in the latest NAIA poll.
During the regular season, the Drovers went 3-1 against MACU and Northwood, while they took one of four against the Bison.
The OCU pool consists of top-seeded Saint Gregory’s, third-seeded OCU, fifth-seeded Texas Wesleyan and eighth-seeded Southwestern Christian.