The USAO Drovers softball team has been in complete control all season long, as they are currently sitting at the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference with a (41-0, 28-0 SAC) record on the season. The Drovers have a current win streak of 48 games dating back to last season where they claimed the national title. The USAO softball team just recently captured the record for the longest win streak, which was previously 47 games by Arizona back in 4-5-96 to 3-23-97.
The Drovers offense has been on fire as they have a team batting average of .380. The offense had combined for a total of 37 home runs and 0.949 home runs per game which ranks them 9 in the NAIA. The Drovers offense is ranked 2nd in the NAIA in total hits with 408 and total runs scored with 323 runs.
The offense for the Drovers is led by Kristen Prieto, who is hitting .491 on the season with 57 hits including 12 home runs and 57 RBI’s. Darci Chester has continued her dominate play from last year as she is hitting .455 with 30 hits and has an on base percentage of .500 on the season. Dakota Clouse is hitting .393 for the Drovers and has collected 42 hits on the season.
USAO pitching staff rankings are very impressive as they lead the nation in strike outs with 288 total. The staff as a whole is ranked 4th in earned run average with a 1.30 ERA as a team. The Drovers pitching staff has held opponents to a .178 batting average and has only allowed 6 home runs in 39 games on the season.
The pitching staff for the Drovers has been one of the best in the country as they are led by Emily Cerny. She has dominated about everyone she has pitched against. Cerny is sitting at 15-0 with a 0.44 ERA. She has thrown 94.2 innings for the Drovers and has collected 175 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .118 against Cerny. Lyndie Ervin is another good arm on the staff as she is 9-0 with a 2.20 ERA. Ervin has thrown 54 innings and opponents are hitting .224 against her. Falon Howell is also 7-0 for USAO and has a 1.87 ERA for the Drovers on the season.
Sophomore Darci Chester said “This season has been nothing short of amazing. We knew we would have a strong core of the team back after last year, but i never knew it would be this strong. We have come together so well and made so many bonds in unbelievable ways. It just feels so natural and comfortable for us to be out there playing with each other. But at the same time, we haven’t peaked to our final potential and I seriously can’t wait to see the moment we do. It will be unbelievably amazing and everybody will know when that moment comes. I can’t wait to have the chance to compete for another national title.”
Junior Kristen Prieto said “This team is something special. We never stop fighting to win the game and that is what makes this team so special. We have each others backs no matter what. I am super excited to see what this team can do from here on out and into post season.”