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Thursday, April 24, 2014

CHICKASHA – As the regular season winds down with just a few more games left, the Drover softball team (34-20) is looking to continue a winning streak and finish the season on a high note — a goal especially important to the seniors.

USAO’s annual Senior Day will be Saturday against Southwestern Christian. Senior Day festivities to honor the Drovers’ four seniors, will take place at 11:45 a.m. before the start of the home doubleheader.

Nearing the end of her college career brings a mix of emotions for senior Taylor Smith.

“It’s bittersweet. I’m excited to go on to the next part of life, but I’m also sad that this part is ending,” Smith said. “Having the team that we have and having my big sister as my coach is exciting. I‘ve loved being here the last three years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Smith, USAO’s starting shortstop, is third on the team at the plate with a .329 batting average. She is second in runs scored (36) and first in doubles (16), RBIs (40) and total bases (93). Additionally, she has played in every single game of her three years as a Drover.

But her role on the team, she says, is to set a good example for her teammates and to deliver what is needed.

“Any senior wants to be known as a leader. Especially for this year, I try to lead by example,” Smith said. “When you need somebody to pull through with RBIs or something, I just try to focus on getting the job done.”

Smith transferred to USAO three years ago after a season playing at Oklahoma State.

“At the time, I just wanted to enjoy ball again. I wanted to find the love that I had for it, and that’s definitely what USAO gave me,” she said.