CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference named five Drovers All-Conference this month after solid performances on the field.
Brooke McLeod, Taylor Smith, Ashley Rasovic, Katie Jirak and Chelsea Zuchnik were named All-Conference Second Team. Zuchnik also earned Gold Glove honors.
All-Conference athletes are voted on by conference coaches based on their performances on the field throughout the season.
Batting .331 with 46 hits, 25 runs and 24 RBIs and a fielding percentage of .986, Zuchnik was an integral part of the Drovers offense and defense this season. She was named All-Conference Second Team Outfield and Gold Glove.
Playing in every game for the Drovers until she was injured in the conference tournament, Zuchnik came in third on the team in batting average and second in hits and doubles.
She has scored 35 runs in her two-year career at USAO. Additionally, she’s driven in 33 more runs.
In two years as a Drover, Zuchnik has had a perfect fielding percentage in the outfield. Her only error came in a game this season where she was moved to third base. She earned Gold Glove honors last season as well.
Zuchnik joined the Drovers in 2011 after two years at Seminole State College. She is a business and physical education senior from Bridge Creek and is the daughter of Joe and Ruth Zuchnik.
As one of two players starting in every game this season, Jirak led the team in hits, runs and stolen bases. She was named All-Conference Second Team Outfield.
For the season, she had 56 hits, stole 18 bases and scored 34 runs. Additionally, she drove in another 17 runners.
With 37 steals in just two seasons at USAO, she is second in school history in stolen bases.
She stole three bases in a February game against Hillsdale College, which ties USAO’s single game record in the category.
Jirak joined the Drovers in 2011 after two seasons at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.
She is a physical education senior from Piedmont. She is the daughter of Brian and Theresa Jirak.
This season, Rasovic came in second on the team in batting average at .336 as the Drovers’ starting third baseman. She was named All-Conference Second Team Infield.
She also led the team in slugging percentage, .522, and on base percentage, .417.
Additionally, she was second on the team in runs scored with 31 and led the team in doubles with 14. She had 27 RBIs to add to her season totals.
In three years at USAO, Rasovic is tied for second in school history in career doubles with 41. She’s also fifth in the record books in career batting average with a .325 average.
Rasovic graduated in April with a business administration degree. She has decided to forgo her senior season at USAO.
She is from Pauls Valley and is the daughter of Charles and Sandy Ellison.
Smith, who is one of two players this year to play in every game, led 2013 team in hits with 54. As the starting shortstop, she was named All-Conference Second Team Infield.
Additionally, Smith came in second on the team in total runners batted in with 28 and in runs scored with 29.
She is No. 1 in the NAIA in total assists with 150 on the season and second in assists per game with an average of 2.89.
In two years at USAO, she has scored 47 runs and batted in another 54.
She was named All-Conference Second Team in 2012 as well. Smith joined the Drovers in 2011 after one season at Oklahoma State University.
Smith is a physical education and business junior from Newcastle. She is the daughter of Eddie and Leann Smith.
As one of two pitchers for the Drovers this season, McLeod spent time in the circle, at the plate and in the field. For her efforts, she was named All-Conference Second Team Pitcher.
As a pitcher, she has an earned run average of 3.34 and collected 17 wins on the season, including three shutouts. Her wins puts her fifth in USAO record books in total wins in a season.
She struck out 50 batters and threw 20 complete games.
But she was a strong player at the plate as well. She led the team in batting average at .339 this season in 112 at bats. She scored 17 runs and batted in 17 others.
In her three-year career as a pitcher, she has struck out 116 batters and earned 23 wins. She has a career ERA of 3.78.
As a base runner, she has scored 37 runs and batted in another 31.
McLeod is a physical education junior from Newcastle. She is the daughter of Mark and Sherry McLeod.