Baseball: Drovers Beat Falcons In Midweek Battle

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The #2 ranked USAO Drovers (18-1, 6-0 SAC) beat the Friends University Falcons (14-13, 4-5 KCAC) with a 4-1 victory.

USAO sent JR. righty Adam Moraga to the mound and he would dominate for the Drovers. Moraga tossed 7.1 scoreless innings and allowed just 5 hits on the day for the Drovers. With the win he improves to 2-0 on the. Edgar Cuevas came in relief for the Drovers and he would throw 0.2 innings on just 5 pitches. In to shut the door for the Drovers was Ricardo Velez who threw 1 inning and allowed 1 run on 1 hit. Velez finished his day with 2 strikeouts.

The offense for the Drovers put together a 8 hit performance as they would be led by Ian Laureano who went 1-3 with a double and 1 RBI. Gus Wilson went 1-5 with a single. Cristian Laboy went 1-5 with a single. Luis Pelayo went 1-4 with a single. Colton Bensch went 1-3 with a single. Joey Pena went 1-2 with a single. Andres Romero went 1-3 with a double. Isaac Raab went 1-3 with a single for USAO.

Up Next:

The Drovers will be in action again on Thursday, March 12 when they play Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. First pitch of this doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 PM.


Baseball: Stars Storm Back To Capture Series Win Over Rams

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The 10th ranked Oklahoma City Stars (14-8, 2-1 SAC) bounced back nicely as they swept the doubleheader with 17th ranked Texas Wesleyan Rams (16-11, 3-3 SAC) to secure the series win. In game 1 the Stars had everything going there way as they would win 24-0 over the Rams and in game 2 Oklahoma City closed out the series with a 5-3 victory over Texas Wesleyan.

Game 1: Stars Even Series 1-1 With Impressive Win Over Rams

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Oklahoma City Stars dominated this one with a 24-0 win over Texas Wesleyan. The Stars would have 9 extra base hits, including 5 being home runs on the afternoon.

Jake Patterson took the hill for the Stars in game 1 as he would throw a complete game shutout and allowed just 4 hits on the afternoon. Patterson had everything working in this one as he was able to sit down 12 batter via the strikeout for Oklahoma City. With the win Patterson improves to 2-2 on the season.

The Bats for the Stars put together an impressive 20 hit outing as they would be led by Cross Factor, who went 3-5 with a double and would hit 2 home runs (9). Factor finished the game with NAIA season high 9 RBI’s. John Anthon went 4-6 with 2 singles, double and a home run (1). Gunner Halter went 2-2 with a single and a home run (6). Tyler Williams would go 1-2 with a single. Noah Barks went 2-3 with a single and a double. Barks also finished with 2 RBI’s on the night. Peyton Crispin went 2-4 with a single and a home run (4). Jared Hazeldine went 1-2 with a single. Fredric Walter went 3-4 with 2 singles and a triple. Bryson Lierle went 2-3 with 2 singles for the Stars.

The Texas Wesleyan offense struggled in the first game as they would finish with 4 hits on the day. Dominick Padilla went 1-4 with a single for the Rams. Tanner Amaral went 1-2 with a single, to improve his hitting streak to 8 games. Joaquin Ballesteros went 1-3 with a single. Kevin Santiago went 1-3 with a single for Texas Wesleyan.

Texas Wesleyan Started game one with Jalen Evans as he threw 0.2 innings for the Rams and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits. With the loss Evans moves to 0-2 on the season. In relief the Rams called on Josh Brown, Nick Labbie and Ricky Arthur. Brown threw 0.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits. Labbie threw 1.2 innings for the Rams and allowed 9 runs on 5 hits. Arthur tallied 3 innings of work and allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits.

Game 2: Stars Claim Series With Win Over Rams

In the final game of the series, Oklahoma City beat the Texas Wesleyan 5-3 to secure the series win.

Texas Wesleyan sent Jesse Ramirez to the mound , who would throw 5 innings and allow 4 earned runs on 9 hits for the Rams. Ramirez finished his outing with 4 strikeouts. With the loss he falls to 4-1 on the season. In relief the Rams called on Cameron Calhoun who would have a much better outing in game 3 as he would fire 1 scoreless inning and strikeout one for the Rams.

The bats for the Rams finish the series with a 6 hit outing as they would be led by Marcos Sanchez who went 2-3 with a single and a double. Sanchez would also finish his day with 2 RBI’s. Kaden Brown went 1-3 with a single. Tanner Amaral went 1-3 with a triple. Michael Higgins went 1-3 with a triple. Kevin Santiago went 1-3 with a single.

Oklahoma City sent righty Brandon Goldston to the mound and he would throw 4 innings for the Stars. Goldston allowed 4 earned runs on 9 hits and finished his day with 4 strikeouts. In relief the Stars got a good outing from Tanner Schoeninger as he threw 3 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit for Oklahoma City. With the win Schoeninger moves to 3-0 on the season.

The Stars offense put together a 10 hit performance and were led by Dalton Reed who went 3-3 with a single, double and a home run (6). Gunner Halter went 1-3 with a double. Cross Factor went 2-4 with 2 singles. Tyler Williams went 1-4 with a double. Noah Barks went 1-3 with a single. Fredric Walter went 1-2 with a single. Dylan Taylor went 1-3 with a single for the Stars.

Oklahoma City’s INF/DH Noah Barks said “We started off the season in a rough patch where we weren’t playing up to our full potential, and we all knew that. After losing the first game Friday, we knew that we had to come out and make two statement wins Saturday to show everybody what we are capable of. Our team is extremely talented, and I think we also showed our character when we were able to bounce back and come through in the big situations.”

Up Next:

Texas Wesleyan: The Rams will be in action again on Tuesday, March 10 when they play Arlington Baptist College at Sycamore Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oklahoma City: The Stars will play Sterling (KAN.) on Tuesday, March 10 at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Baseball: Stars Host Rams In Significant Top 25 Matchup

The #17 ranked Texas Wesleyan Rams (15-9, 2-1 SAC) head north to take on #10 ranked Oklahoma City Stars (12-7, 0-0 SAC) in a huge Sooner Athletic Conference Matchup. This top 25 showdown was set as the NAIA ball big series of the week.

This series is set to begin on Friday, March 6 and the first pitch will be at 4:00 PM. Saturday they will wrap up the series with a double header which will start at 1:00 PM with the second game to follow. All three games will be played at Jim Wade Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History has been in favor of the Stars in recent years as they lead the series 18-8 dating back to 2013.

What To Know About Texas Wesleyan:

The Rams come into this series having lost their last two games and look to get back on track. Last weekend Texas Wesleyan took care of business winning the series over Southwestern Christian. The Rams are coached by head coach Bobby Garza, who is now in his third season as the head coach and previously spent four seasons as the assistant coach. His assistant is Kelly Shoppach who is now in his fourth season with the Rams.

Texas Wesleyan comes into this series with the offense hitting .309 as a team and are scoring 7 runs per contest on the season. The offense for the Rams is led by Joaquin Ballesteros who is hitting .397 with 1 home run and 13 RBI’s. Ballesteros has connected for 6 doubles on the season and has put together 31 hits which leads the Rams early in the season. Tanner Amaral is currently hitting .387 and has connected for 8 home runs. Michael Higgins is hitting .383 for the Rams and has hit a team high 9 home runs. Higgins also leads the Rams in RBI as he currently has 25 on the season, including 13 over the last five games.

The Rams pitching staff currently has a team ERA of 4.41 and opponents are hitting .261 against the arms of Texas Wesleyan. The leader for the Rams pitching staff has been Gabriel Sequeira as he is currently 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA and has struckout 64 over his 34 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .182 on the season against Sequeira. Jesse Ramirez is 4-0 on the season with a 1.35 ERA and he has also collected 1 save against LSU Alexandria. Ramirez has thrown 26.2 innings for the Rams and sat down 36 on the season via the strikeout. Josh Brown has been a reliable arm for the Rams as he is 3-0 on the season with a 1.32 ERA and is holding opponents to a .200 batting average. Brown has tallied 13.2 innings for Texas Wesleyan and has picked up 10 strikeouts over those innings.

Texas Wesleyan Head Coach Bobby Garza said “Should be another classic SAC contest between two great teams. Every pitch and at bat will be magnified. We look forward to competing against them.”

Rams Pitcher Jesse Ramirez said “I’m excited with how our team has been coming together. We are one cohesive unit, and more importantly we are having fun playing the game we love.”


What To Know About Oklahoma City:

The Stars come into this series on a 5 game win streak, including a 12-2 win over #13 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan. This will be the Sooner Athletic Conference series opener for the Stars as they swept Bacone last weekend. The Stars are coached by Denney Crabaugh who is now in his thirty-first season with Oklahoma City and just recently hit the 1,500 victory earlier this season. He is assisted by Keith Lytle who is also in his thirty-first season with the Stars.

The offense for Oklahoma City is currently sitting at a .321 batting average as a team and they are averaging 9 runs per game. The Stars offense is led by Tyler Williams who is currently hitting .417 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI’s. His 10 home runs on the season puts him tied for third in the NAIA. Gunner Halter is hitting .397 and has added on 5 home runs with 15 RBI’s for the Stars. Halter has recorded a hit in every game but three for the Stars and has now picked up 6 hits over his last 3 games. Cross Factor is hitting .371 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI’s for Oklahoma City. Factor is currently ranked 8th in total RBI’s in the NAIA.

The Stars pitching staff currently has a 5.88 team ERA on the season and are holding opponents to a .270 batting average. The staff is lead by Aaron McGeorge, who is 3-0 with 3.91 ERA and has struckout 29 over his 25.1 innings of work for the Stars. McGeorge is holding opposing hitters to a .269 batting average on the season. Jake Patterson is 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA early in the season and opponents are hitting .312 on Patterson. He will be a big piece for the Stars if they are looking to come away with the win this weekend. Brandon Goldston is currently 3-2, has thrown 27 innings for the Stars and opposing teams are hitting .284 against him.

Oklahoma City Pitcher Jake Patterson said “It should be a fun weekend, two good teams that have played each other close the past couple seasons, should be a good challenge for both of us, looking forward to it.”

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Cody From @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: 2-1 Oklahoma City

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Texas Wesleyan’s Matthew Espinosa and Oklahoma City’s Caleb Davis as both players are battling cancer off the field. Unique situation this weekend where rivals understand baseball is bigger than a game.

I’m taking Oklahoma City to win the series 2-1. I like Texas Wesleyan to win the opener behind the arm of Gabriel Sequeria (1.85 ERA, 64 K). But look for Oklahoma City to rebound at home on Saturday in two close ball games to pull out the much needed series win.” ”

Robby Gutierrez from @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: 2-1 Texas Wesleyan

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Men’s Basketball: Drovers Overcome Stars In Big Road Test

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The USAO Drovers (14-14, 8-10 SAC) topped the Oklahoma City Stars (14-14, 6-12 SAC) 76-70.

USAO leaned on a strong second half to cap off the season series sweep of the Stars. The Drovers headed to half facing a two-point deficit 32-30. USAO battled back in the second half by shooting 46% from the floor. The Drovers rebounding would be a big factor in this contest as they would outrebounded Oklahoma City 48-43.

Four Drovers found themselves in double-digits scoring, Stephon Hall, Dylan Causwell, Colen Gaynor and Gerard Makuntae. Hall finished the night with 19 points and 4 three-pointers for USAO. Causwell was dominant for the Drovers as he registered his 10th double-double on the season, putting up 14 points with 10 rebounds. Gaynor picked up where he left off against Southwestern Christian as he would put together 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Drovers. Makuntae would finish with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Makuntae has now hit double-digits in three straight games for USAO.

Sophomore Gerard Makuntae said “yesterday’s game was big b/c we have trouble playing team ball consistently. so to win this game after the huge team win Thursday shows that we’re at our best when we don’t care who’s scoring as long as we’re playing as a team we put ourselves in a position to win. “

The Stars were led by Rashaun Coleman and Eddie Smith. Coleman put together a solid performance as he would put up 21 points and grab 7 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Smith would score 13 points with 2 rebounds.

Up Next:

USAO will host Langston University on Thursday, February 27th. Tip-off is set for 7:45 PM CT in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Thursday night will also be Senior night for the Drovers as they will honor Senior Dylan Causwell.


Men’s Basketball: Drovers Host Unbeaten Evangels In Friday’s Showdown

The Mid-America Christian Evangels presently comes into this contest being one of the seven teams without a loss early in the 2019-20 season. The Evangels (10-0, 2-0 SAC) head to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on the USAO Drovers (6-5, 1-1 SAC) in a early season showcase matchup. Mid-American currently sits at 2nd in the Sooner Athletic Conference and ranked 3rd in the nation. USAO presently sits at 8th in the conference standing.

The Evangels offense has been one of the better offense in the country as they are scoring 95 points per game and are ranked 5 in field goal percentage 52.7% on the season. The defense has also been very impressive as they are only allowing 72 points per game and ranked 6th in defensive field goal percent at 38% early in the season.

The Drovers offense is currently averaging 91 points per game and find majority of their points from behind the 3-point line as they are 4th in made 3’s per game with 12.3 per contest. The USAO offense has cashed in on a total of 123 three-pointers on the season to put them ranked 7th in the nation. The Drovers are allowing 86 points per contest and are looking to seek improvement on the defensive end.

Friday’s matchup is slated for a 7:45 p.m. CT tip at Drover Fieldhouse in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

What To Know About USAO:

The Drovers have been led by Stephon Hall, Colen Gaynor and Cameron Hines. Hall, (6-0 Sophomore) is averaging a solid 17 points per game which leads the team. Hall has been sharing the ball well averaging 5 assists per contest and 4 rebounds for the Drovers. Gaynor, (6-5 Junior) is currently averaging 15 points per game and 7 rebound to help out the Drovers. Gaynor looks to continue good play as he is coming off a really good performance against Bacone where he scored 24 points and picked up 5 rebounds. Hines (5-10 junior) is putting up 14 points per game for the Drovers and is currently shooting 43 % from behind the arc for USAO.

The Drovers are coached by Chris Francis, who is in his 5th year with USAO. Assistant coaches are Chisum Lane and James Davis.

What To Know About Mid-America:

The Evangels have been led by Cedric Wright, Ashford Golden and Terrance Jones. Wright the 6-7 Redshirt Senior has brought Havoc scoring 18 points points per game to lead the team. Wright has been big down low in the post as he leads his team in rebound with 6.4 per game. Golden the 6-6 Senior is scoring 15 points per game and is looking to continue his great play after a 26 point performance in his last outing. Golden was also named the Sooner Athletic Conference player of the week last week for the Evangels. Jones the 6-5 Junior has been a huge piece off the bench for Mid-America as he is averaging 12 points and adds 5 rebounds per contest to add to a team full of weapons.

Mid-America is coached by Josh Gamblin, who is in his 5th season for the Evangels. Assistant coaches are Anthony Nero, Bob Battisti and Cade Upshaw.

Redshirt Senior Forward Cedric Wright said “Thoughts coming into Friday’s game is . We know despite USAO record that they are still a really great team and that if we come out unprepared that this can be there start up . So we are locked in and ready to try are best to match there intensity and get a good win before the break against a really good ball club.”

Series Record:

Dating back to 2008, these two teams have battled 26 times and Mid-America lead the series 15-11.

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