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CHICKASHA – Southern Nazarene, now second in conference standings, proved too much for the Drovers on Tuesday afternoon in a Chickasha doubleheader.

The Drovers took the first game into the sixth inning before either team gave up a run, but a strong five-run inning by the Crimson Storm put the Drovers in trailing position.

USAO got on the board when Katie Jirak scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher...

CHICKASHA – Giving up just one hit in two shutouts, senior Liz Agpalo was named this week’s Sooner Athletic Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week.

Agpalo pitched two complete games this week, earning a career first no-hitter against Benedictine College. She threw seven strikeouts in that game and was a hit batsman away from a perfect game. The Drovers went on to win that game 8-0 in five innings.

CHICKASHA – The Drovers had two shutouts – including one no-hitter – in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader against Benedictine College.

Neesha Sorrell pitched the first game, throwing 11 strikeouts and giving up just one hit in the five-inning game.

Designated player Liz Agpalo went 2-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs in the game.

Shortstop Taylor Smith went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs on a home run in...

CHICKASHA — The Drover softball team grabbed a fourth win in the Festival in February tournament in Chickasha with a 7-2 victory over Sterling College.

In the Saturday game, the Drovers struck first with runs by Chelsea Zuchnik, Katie Jirak, Ashley Mitchell and Liz Agpalo.

Jirak had a second run in the next inning, followed by USAO’s next two batters — Skyler Nichols and Markie LaFerney.

Neesha Sorrell pitched...

CHICKASHA – On Friday afternoon, the Drovers hosted the first day of their second annual Festival in February softball tournament at the Chickasha Sports Complex — and they claimed three more victories.

Facing McPherson College twice and Sterling College once, the Drovers went 3-0 on the day. Lubbock Christian, a SAC team the Drovers faced twice Thursday, is the other team participating in the tournament.

CHICKASHA – The Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps proved their No. 7 preseason ranking with two wins over the Drovers on Thursday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

USAO struggled against the Chaps in game 1 and fell in game two despite a late rally.

Second baseman Skyler Nichols scored USAO’s lone run in the first game off an RBI by Kristin Moyers. The Drovers fell 7-1.

Nichols started game two with a run in the...

CHICKASHA – The Drovers split on Tuesday afternoon at home against No. 25 Oklahoma Christian after mounting a comeback with seven unanswered runs late in the second game.

In game two, USAO struck first when Brooke McLeod batted in lead off hitter Skyler Nichols in the bottom of the first. The Drovers then gave up seven runs and were down 7-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. And that's when something clicked for USAO.

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CHICKASHA – Entering her third season, Coach Jenn White is excited to see what her group of players will do this time around.

“I expect to see a better team than I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” she said. “I expect to see more experience this year, more aggressive play. I’m just really excited about this team.”

Adding to the young core, White and assistant Ken Richardson brought in some junior college players and even an...

CHICKASHA – The game may be the same. The colors may be the same. The players may even be the same. But the USAO softball team will be different this season.

“I think we’ll see a different kind of Drover softball team,” Head Coach Jennifer White said. “These girls are going to be more aggressive. They know how to play the game. I think we’re going to be more competitive.”

CHICKASHA – In the Saddle has evolved over the years to become a fun face of USAO sports and a way for the community members to get to know the Drover athletes and coaches.

While USAO sports information director Jessica Jackson hosts the show, she gives credit to USAO video producer and Captain Video, David Duncan.