SHAWNEE – Chalk up another first for the record-breaking University of Science and Arts’ baseball team this season. Three Drovers were named all-conference Tuesday, and Fort Cobb native Nate Hammons posted yet another record.
In addition to setting new school records for single season wins, strikeouts and career strikeouts, Hammons became the first USAO player to be named First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference. He finished the regular season with a 10-3 record with 89 strikeouts and seven complete games.
Senior third baseman Brandt Lierle and junior catcher Luke Krobath were named second team all-conference after great seasons at the plate.
Lierle, from Hydro, posted a .369 batting average and set the single-season home run record (21), the career home run record (32), single-season RBI record (63) and career RBI record (142). He hit four home runs in the first four games of the season, three in one game against Cameron and home runs in back-to-back games six times.
Krobath had a great first year for the Drovers with a .406 batting average and 45 RBIs. He hit nine home runs including three in consecutive at bats against Southern Nazarene, and he finished second in school history with 20 single-season doubles.
The team set new school records with a 15-1 start, 37 total wins and 17 Sooner Athletic Conference wins. With the washout of the conference tournament, the Drovers await Friday’s announcement of the 45 regional tournament qualifying teams.
If USAO is not selected, the Drovers would have ended their season with two consecutive wins and five wins in their last seven games including a win over No. 2 Oklahoma City.