CHICKASHA — With his last year of eligibility now over, senior Nate Hammons said he enjoyed playing for USAO and helping the team to one of their best seasons in school history this year and the most school wins last year.

“Both the past two years have been good progressing years,” he said. “It’s fun to be a part of something like that. It’s good for Coach (Mike) Ross. … He’s a great coach. We’ll, hopefully, have a lot more seasons from him.”

Hammons first collegiate experience was at the University of Oklahoma, but because of the atmosphere and coaching conflicts, he started looking for another school for his second year.

“I just didn’t fit well, and then I came here and I absolutely loved it,” he said.

Hammons holds several career and single-season pitching records at USAO, something he remains quite humble about.

“I think I’ve done average. I don’t want to say I’ve done really well,” he said. “I really hope sometime soon the records I broke are broke by either Caleb Martin or some newcomer who comes in here, because that’s what you want. You want to progress as not only a team, but as a school in general.”

During the series against Oklahoma City, a scout from the Kansas City Royals came out to watch Hammons pitch. He has another workout scheduled with someone from the franchise soon.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “If they like what they see, hopefully come June, I’ll be on a plane somewhere.”

Published: May 13, 2010