CHICKASHA – Hours of practice, thousands of pitches and nearly four months of contests, the Drover baseball team earned their reward and the season’s No. 1 goal: The program’s first trip to the national tournament.After are record-breaking season, the Drovers (40-17) are eager to play in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round,...

CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference recognized USAO five players as well as the Drovers’ head coach with major All-Conference baseball honors.For the first time in his career, head coach Mike Ross was named SAC Coach of the Year, while five of his players earned All-SAC honors.“With the quality of coaches in the league and the quality of...

CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team will be playing in the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round for the first time in school history after qualifying for the tournament.The Drovers will not have to travel far for the Opening Round. (23) USAO (40-17) will play (15) Sterling College (45-12) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Jim Wade...

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers finished out the Sooner Athletic Conference 2-1 with both a win and a loss on Friday at Oklahoma City University.

Because Thursday’s tournament games were moved to Friday, the Drovers (40-17) played two games, crushing Mid-America Christian 14-1 before ultimately falling to (1) Oklahoma City 4-2.

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CHICKASHA – Senior Heath Wilda has been an instrumental part of Drover baseball’s record-breaking season but remains humble about his role in it all.In a Sunday afternoon home doubleheader, the Drovers tied and then beat the school’s wins record, which was set in 2009. Being a part of the experience, Wilda said, was special for him and his...

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers and the Hillcats battled through nine action-packed innings on Wednesday afternoon, but USAO came out on top in the first game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.No. 25 Drovers (39-14) scored in four separate innings to defeat Rogers State 6-5.“We came in and did what we needed to do. It was a great game...

CHICKASHA – With the regular season wrapped up, the Drovers enter the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament as fourth seed.“I’m pretty happy we got the fourth seed. It’s only the second time we finished the top four, so we are pretty happy,” head coach Mike Ross said.The Drovers entered the conference picked to finish fifth.The round-robin...

CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team set the school’s wins record as well as an individual hitting and appearances records in Sunday’s final regular season doubleheader against Mid-America Christian.Collecting two more wins, the Drovers (38-16) set the school record for most wins in a season. In 2009, the Drovers had a record of 37-14.Left...

CHICKASHA – A rigorous class schedule. Daily demands at practices. Regular out-of-town away game trips. Participation in campus activities and student life.Sounds like a lot for one student, but two USAO athletes have figured it out.Tashina Ototivo and Seth Sturgeon earned the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award because of strong...

CHICKASHA – After a three-hitter against the No. 19 team in the country, USAO’s Chris Fischer was named Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.Against Oklahoma Baptist on Sunday, Fischer (4-3) threw a complete game, allowing just three hits and walking just two batters. In the win, Fischer didn’t permit any earned runs.In the game, he...

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