Baseball Preview: #9 USAO Set To Play #7 Oklahoma City In Premier Battle

No. 9 USAO Drovers vs. No. 7 Oklahoma City Stars
When: March 7&9, 2019
Where: Bill Smith Ballpark (7th), Jim Wade Stadium (9th)
Time: Thursday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Series Record: Oklahoma City leads, 34-9 dating back to 2007.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Thursday: USAO JR. Jean Mutaner (5-0, 1.00) vs OCU JR. Bryce Milligan (4-0, 0.00)

Saturday G1: USAO FR. Matt Merrill (4-0, 0.99) vs OCU JR. Jake Patterson (3-0, 3.96)

Saturday G2:USAO JR. Coleton Williams (4-0, 1.99) vs OCU JR. Brandon Goldston (3-1,3.67)

Just a little over a month into the season and already a key top 20 series, The 9th ranked USAO Drovers (18-2, 2-0 SAC) take on the 7th ranked Oklahoma City Stars (18-2, 3-0 SAC). This series last year brought a 2-2 split. Both teams opened up conference play this week by sweeping their opponents. The Drovers would sweep SAGU in a two game series and the Stars would grab 3 wins against Southwestern Christian.

What To Know About USAO:

The USAO Drovers come into this big series playing well, winning 11 of there last 12 games. The Drovers are coached by Head Coach Mike Ross and Tyle Hankins. Ross is in his 11th season with the Drovers and has qualified for two world series appearances. Hankins is in his first season with the Drovers as he has spent time with Northwestern Oklahoma State University as the hitting coach.

Head Coach Mike Ross said “Will be the best team have played this year. They are always one of the top teams in the NAIA and I’m excited for the series.

The Drovers all-around have picked up where they left off last season where they are coming off an impressive 46-8 finish. The Drovers are again led by SR. P.J.Garcia, who led the team in average last season with .410. This season Garcia is hitting .452 for the Drovers, with 6 doubles and 1 home run on the season. The Drovers have got very solid play out of the Oklahoma Sooner Transfer FR. Brock Henderson. He is currently hitting .485, with 5 doubles and has tacked on 7 RBI’s for the Drovers. JR. Luis Pelayo the transfer from Connors State, is presently hitting .418 with 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home run. JR. Ian Laureano is hitting .424 for the Drovers,with 4 doubles and 1 home run.

Drovers Shortstop P.J. Garcia said”It’s a series you look at when you get the schedule. It’s always good competition and a fun series. We both have been in the top of the conference for the last several years so it will be fun to see who comes out on top this year.”

The Drover pitching has dominated thus far through the season as they hold a team ERA of 1.61 and are holding opponents batting average to a .164 on the season. The Drovers pitching staff is led by FR. Matt Merrill, who is sitting at 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA for USAO. Merrill has thrown 27.1 innings and struck out 39 for the Drovers. Another reliable arm for the Drovers has been JR. Jean Mutaner. The lefty is sitting at 5-0 on the season with a solid 1.00 ERA. Mutaner has thrown 27 innings and has sat down 29 with the punch out. JR. Coleton Williams has started the year right, as he is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA for the Drovers. Opponents are hitting .171 against Williams on the season.

What To Know About OCU:

The Oklahoma City Stars are also starting their season right where they left off, as they have won 10 of their last 11 games. The Stars are led by Head coach Denney Crabaugh and assistant coach Keith Lytle. Crabaugh has had a very successful journey at OCU and is currently in his 29th season with the Stars. Lytle is also in his 29th season with the Stars, and like Crabaugh has had a very successful career as the hitting coach for Oklahoma City.

Head Coach Denney Crabaugh said “Should be another hard-fought series like they have been the past few years”

The Stars offense is hitting a team average of .286, and they are led by FR. Noah Barks. Barks is currently hitting .391, with 5 doubles and has tacked on 7 RBI’s for OCU. JR. Tyler Williams is hitting .333 for the stars, as he has an impressive 5 home runs, 4 doubles and 29 RBI’s on the season. SR. Quinton Walbergh is currently hitting .365 for the Stars, with 5 doubles and 8 RBI’s.

The Oklahoma City pitching staff has been dominated by the JR. Bryce Milligan. He is dominating opponents as he is 4-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA and struck out 41 in 34.2 innings for the Stars. Back on February 1st Milligan complete his first no-hitter of the season against Grand View (Iowa), where he threw 7 strong innings and would strikeout 8 for the Stars. JR. Brandon Goldston is another good arm for the Stars as he is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA. Goldston has thrown 27 innings with 22 strikeouts. JR. Jake Patterson is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA, as he has thrown 25 innings for the Stars on the season. SR. Tyler Milligan is a good arm out of the pen for the stars, as he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Milligan has thrown 5.2 innings and sat down 10 via the strikeout.

OCU pitcher Tyler Milligan said “Conference games are always important to win especially against another ranked team like USAO we always look forward to playing them should be a good weekend.”

Special Guest Pickers:

Cody From @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: Oklahoma City 2-1 series win

“Also featured as our NAIA Ball Big Series of the Week, I’m picking the Stars to win the opener on the road in Chickasha behind the arm of future All American SP Bryce Milligan 30+ IP, 0.00 ERA).

With the series heading to Oklahoma City for two games on Saturday, I’m predicting a hard fought split between two outstanding teams.

OCU wins the opener 2-1. But similar to last season, look for the Drovers to return the favor in May”

Robby Gutierrez from @NAIABall on twitter

Pick: USAO 2-1 series win

“The Drovers will have their hands full in game 1 with likely Bryce Milligan. He’s been lights out for Denney Crabaugh and the Stars this season. Tyler Williams bat will be an issue for USAO all series long. But the USAO pitching staff has been great this season. Ricardo Velez has a big time breaking ball that strikes a lot of guys out, combine that with Matt Merrill and Jean Mutaner and you’ve got a great series. Rudy Gonzalez is having a great year out of the pen and I expect that to continue vs a potent offense of OCU. On the offensive side I look for PJ Garcia and Luis Pelayo to carry the load. Garcia to get in and Pelayo to drive guys in. Daniel Lafarga and Alex Sanchez have been instrumental in putting the ball in the gaps and over the fence to help the Drovers score. All in all I believe we’re in for the best series so far this year.”

 

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The Drovers Take 2 Of 3 From Saints In Opening Series

GAME 1:

The Lady Of The Lake Saints defeated the USAO Drovers, by the score of 4-2.

USAO

In this game, the the Drovers sent Tucker White to the mound, as he went 4 innings and gave up just 2 hits. The Droves has to use 3 relief pitchers in this game, including Corey Korenic, Justin Hasek, and Angel Reyes. Korenic went 1 inning, and didn’t allow a hit. Hasek went 0.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits. Reyes went 0.1 innings and gave up 1 run on 1 hit.

The offense for USAO was held to just 3 hits. The bats for the Drovers would be led by Greg Barnette, as he would go 1-2 with a double and a walk. P.J. Garcia went 1-3 with a single and a walk. Miguel Lorenzo went 1-3 with a single and walk.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent Jordan Hackett to the hill, as he would throw 5 innings and allow 1 run on 3 hits. The Saints would have 2 relievers in the game, Logan Garza and Ty Cook. Garza and Cook would both pitch one scoreless inning.

The bats for the Saints collected 5 hits, led by Jose Diaz as he would go 2-3 with 2 singles and a walk. Daniel Anciso would go 1-3 with a single and a walk. Russell Brown would go 1-2 with a double and a walk. Xavier Solis would go 1-2 with a double and a walk.

Winning pitcher: Logan Garza (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Justin Hasek (0-1)

Save: Ty Cook (1)

Player of the game:

Jose Diaz- He would go 2-3, and have 2 singles and draw a walk.

GAME 2:

In the second game of this series, the Drovers cruise to a 12-1 victory of the Saints.

USAO:

The Drovers sent Jose Hidalgo to the mound, and he pitched a gem. Hidalgo pitched 6 innings, and gave up 0 runs on 1 hit. He also finished the day with 10 strikeouts. The only relief pitcher for USAO was Mason Stasyszen, he threw 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. He also finished with 3 strikeouts.

The bats for the Drovers collected 14 hits, and they were led by P.J. Garcia as he would go 3-4 with a double and 2 singles. Stevie Thompson went 2-5 with a double and a single. Miguel Lorenzo went 2-4 with 2 singles and a RBI. Alex Sanchez went 2-4 with a solo homerun (1) , and a single. Sergio Mendez went 2-4 with 2 singles and 2 RBI’s. Wyatt Hull went 1-4 with a single, and 2 RBI’s. Kenniel Rivera went 1-5 with a single. Henry Rodriguez went 1-4 with a single.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent J.B. Martinez to the mound, where he would throw just 2 innings and give up 2 runs on 3 hits.

The bats for the Saints were held to just 1 hit. Daniel Anciso went 1-3 with a single. The Saints we’re held to an .043 batting average, by Jose Hidalgo.

Winning pitcher: Jose Hidalgo (1-0)

Losing pitcher: J.B. Martinez (0-1)

Player of the game:

Jose Hidalgo- He threw 6 innings, and struck out 10 of the Saints hitters.

GAME 3:

In the final game of this series, the Drovers beat the Saints 4-3 in an extra inning battle.

USAO:

The Drovers sent Stephen Wright to the mound, where he would throw 5 innings and give up 0 runs on 0 hits. The Drovers also used 2 relievers, Corey Korenic and Angel Reyes. Korenic threw 2 innings and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. Reyes threw 4 innings, and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits. He also struck out 7 Saints hitters during 4 innings.

The USAO bats collected 9 hits, led by Miguel Lorenzo as he would go 2-4 with 2 singles. Henry Rodriguez went 2-5 with 2 singles. Stevie Thompson went 2-4 with 2 singles. Sergio Mendez went 1-4 with a single. Greg Barnette went 1-5 with a single. Alex Sanchez went 1-6 with a single.

Lady Of The Lakes:

The Saints sent Garrett Moltzan to the mound, as he would throw 4 1/3 innings and give up 2 runs on 3 hits. The Saints has to use 4 relievers, Logan Garza, Ty Cook, Alex Martinez, Tony Esparza. Garza would throw 2 1/3 innings, and give up 1 run on 3 hits. Cook threw 0.1 innings and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. Martinez would throw 3.2 innings and give up 1 run on 3 hits. Esparza threw 0.1 innings and gave up 0 runs.

The bats for the Saints collected just 3 hits, as they were led by Russell Brown as he would go 1-4 with a 2 run homerun (1). Robert Lopez went 1-5 with a solo homerun (1). Jose Diaz went 1-5 with a double.

Winning pitcher: Angel Reyes (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Ty Cook (0-1)

Player of the game:

Stephen Wright- He threw 5 scoreless innings for the Drovers, and didn’t allow a hit.

USAO’s shortstop P.J. Garcia said “We started off slow on the offensive side and lost a tough one in the first game. We bounced back in the second game and we strung a lot of hits together. The third game we fought hard and came together as a team to pull out a win and the series win. Our pitching was very good this weekend. We got to take it a day at a time and trust the process.

Kenniel Rivera

Week 14: My College Football Playoff Rankings

This week in college football was yet another wild weekend. Number one Alabama got beat by Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Number two Miami got beat by Pittsburgh. The rankings will shift a lot following both of those losses. Alabama will have a tough time getting into the playoffs following their loss.

1. Oklahoma (11-1)

This is a very good Oklahoma Sooners team who has bounced back following a loss to Iowa State. Since that loss, the Sooners are scoring 46 points per game. The Sooners are led by Heisman trophy favorite Baker Mayfield. He has thrown for 37 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. The leading rusher for the Sooners, is Rodney Anderson. He has rushed for 867 yards and tacked on 11 touchdowns. Oklahoma has had significant help from wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. He has 741 yards receiving and 7 touchdown catches. Tight end Mark Andrews has 848 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. The leader of this defense is Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. He has 64 tackles and 17 tackles for loss.

2. Clemson (11-1)

The Clemson Tigers, just like Oklahoma had to bounce back from a tough loss to Syracuse. Since that loss Clemson is averaging 39 points per game. This season Clemson is averaging 457 yards and giving up 290 yards per game. The Tigers quarterback, is Kelly Bryant. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns and rushed for 10 touchdowns. The leading rusher for Clemson is Travis Etienne. He has 679 yards and 11 touchdowns and is averaging 68 yards per game. On the defensive side, the leading tackler is Dorian O’Daniel. He has 90 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.

3. Auburn (10-2)

The Auburn Tigers could be the first two lost team, to make the playoffs. The Tigers suffered a loss to Clemson and LSU. This Auburn team is averaging 37 points and giving up just 16 points per contest. Auburn is carried by their running attack, led by Kerryon Johnson. He has 1,276 yards and 17 touchdowns. The leading passer for the Tigers is Jarrett Stidham. He has thrown for 2,682 yards and 16 touchdowns. The leading tackler for the Tigers, is Deshaun Davis. He has 65 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

4. Wisconsin (12-0)

The Wisconsin Badgers finished off the perfect season at 12-0. The Badgers are scoring 35 points per game and allowing just 12 points per game. The leading rusher for the Badgers is Jonathan Taylor. He has 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. The leading passer for Wisconsin is Alex Hornibrook. He has thrown for 2,157 yards and 21 touchdowns. T.J. Edwards lead this defense in tackles for a loss with 11. The leading tackler for the Badgers is, Ryan Connelly. He has 71 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.

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Basketball: Sooners Look To Continue Their Scoring Game

Date: November 23, 2017

Time: 4 p.m. CT

Radio: Sooners Sports Radio (107.7 the Franchise) Toby Rowland (PxP) and Kevin Henry (Analyst)

Tv: ESPN2| Roxy Bernstein (PxP) and Bill Walton (Analyst)

The Oklahoma basketball team has got off to a great start, with a 2-0 record. The Sooners put their 2-0 record to the test in the first round of the PK 80 verses the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Oklahoma opens up it’s time in Portland, with a Thanksgiving day matchup with Arkansas that is set to tip off at 4 p.m. CT. This game should be a pure fight for both teams, with Oklahoma lead the nation with 108 points per game and Arkansas averaging 93 points per contest.

Oklahoma is led by Trae Young, who has led the country with 11.5 assists per game. Young is the first Sooner to record consecutive point-assists double-doubles since John Ontjes in the 1994-95 season.

The Sooners have beat up on oppenents in its first two game, Oklahoma has logged 108 in both of the first two games. They have been led by great shooting. The Sooners are ranked 6th in field-goal percentage, sitting at 56 percent.

Fun Facts about the Sooners:

  • The Sooners are 2-0 when they have more point in the paint, then their opponent.
  • Oklahoma is 2-0 when they outrebound their opponent.
  • The Sooners are 2-0 when they more fastbreak points then their oppenent.

The Sooners are getting great production from Freshman Brady Manek, he is averging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game.

The Sooners starting 5 consists of Trae Young, Christian James, Rashard Odomes, Brady Manek and Khadeem Lattin. The starting 5 for Arkansas include Jaylen Barford, Trey Thompson, Adrio Bailey, Daryl Macon and Anton Beard.

This wont be the first time these two team have met, the series is standing at 15-12 in favor of Arkansas. Arkansas has the 3-0 lead at neutral site games.

Thanks to the Norman Transcript for this photo

Sneek Peek: Oklahoma vs West Virginia

This isn’t the first time we have seen coach Lincoln Riley and coach Dana Holgorsen, come across each other. These two crossed paths while they both were coaching at Texas Tech.

What’s at stake:

For Oklahoma, all they will need to do is win, and they should be put into the college football playoffs.

Oklahoma’s Strengths:

  • Their ability to run the ball effectively with 4 different backs. The 4 backs are Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon, Abdul Adams and Dimitri Flowers.
  • Ability to throw the ball downfield with extreme accuracy. Baker Mayfield is averaging 11.6 yards per throw and Kyler Murray is getting 16.1 yards per attempt.
  • The offensive line for Oklahoma, does such a great job at opening up a hole and protecting the quarterback. They are known as the best offensive line in the country.
  • The Sooners are very fortunate to have two very great options at the tight end position. The first option is Mark Andrews and the 2nd option is Grant Calcaterra.

Oklahoma’s Weaknesses:

  • The corners on defense. Even though this defense gained two new Freshman with Tre Brown and Tre Norwood they still have room for improvement.
  • The quarterback situation. We still don’t know when Mayfield will be able to enter the game, but until then Kyler Murray will get the start.
  • The Sooners are very young on defense. Being young can be good and bad. The reason it can be bad is because the game is very fast and you don’t want to get caught napping.

West Virginia’s strengths:

  • Offense. Even with quarterback Will Grier not playing due to a broken finger, this offense still has Justin Crawford. Crawford has 7 rushing touchdowns on the season.
  • Defense in big situations. This defense is holding opponents to 33 percent on third down plays.

West Virginia’s weaknesses:

  • Lack of defensive pressure. This defense has just 17 sacks on the season, but they will need to bring there A-game if the want to sack Murray or Mayfield.
  • Quarterback depth. Backup Chris Chugunov will be making the start for Grier. Chugunov completed 14/26 for 189 yards and 1 touchdown last week against Texas.
Justin Crawford (Top) CeeDee Lamb (Bottom)

Day 3 of the College World Series

Seminoles edge out the Titans:

The Florida State Seminoles defeated the CSU Fullerton Titans 6-4 in a back and forth affair.

The Seminole bats collected 7 hits and were led by Matt Henderson, who went 2-3 with 2 singles. Taylor Walls went 1-4 with a single. Dylan Busby went 1-4 with a double. Drew Mendoza went 1-3 with a home run. Steven Wells went 1-3 with a single. The starting pitcher for Florida state was Drew Parris who pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Chase Haney the winning pitcher, pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits. Alec Byrd pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits. Drew Carlton pitched 1 1/3, giving up 0 runs on just 1 hit.

The bats for the Titans gathered 5 hits and were led by Timmy Richard, who went 1-3 with a home run. Scott Hurst went 1-3 with a single. Dillon Persinger went 1-4 with a double. The starting pitcher for the Titans was John Gavin, who pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Gavin Velasquez pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 1 hit. Brett Conine pitched 3 innings, giving up 0 runs on just 1 hit.

Thanks to Golden Voice for this photo.

 

Oregon State dominates LSU:

In this winners bracket battle the Oregon State Beavers beat the LSU Tigers 13-1. During the top of the 6th inning the Beavers scored 5 runs on just 1 hit, which was a grand slam by K.J. Harrison.

The Beavers got an outstanding performance by pitcher Bryce Fehmel who pitched 8 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Sam Tweedt pitched 1 inning, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. The bats for Oregon State collected 11 hits and were led by Nick Madrigal, who went 3-6 with 2 singles and a double. Steven Kwan went 2-4 with a single and a double. Trevor Larnach went 2-4 with 2 singles. K.J. Harrison went 1-5 with a grand slam. Tyler Malone went 1-3 with a single. Michael Gretler went 1-3 with a double. Cadyn Grenier went 1-3 with a single.

The Bats for the Tigers were held to just 4 hits and were led by Zach Watson, who went 2-4 with a single and a solo home run. Chris Reid went 1-1 with a single. Jake Slaughter went 1-1 with a single. The starting pitcher was Eric Walker who pitched 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Walker also suffered the loss.

 

Thanks to headline sports for this photo.

 

Whats Next:

Oregon State: The Beavers will play Friday vs either LSU or Florida State.

LSU: The Tigers will play Flordia State on Wednesday the 21st.

Cal State: The Titans are eliminated following the loss to Flordia State.

Flordia State: The Seminoles will take on the LSU Tigers on Wednesday the 21st.

 


Thanks to Rubbing Rock for the photo.

 

 

 

Bi-Districts: Chicks Advance to Regional Tournament

Game 1:

In game 1 of the Bi-District playoffs, the Chicks beat the Bridge Creek Bobcats, by the score of 11-4. The bats for the Chicks collected 15 hits, led by Brock Henderson who went 3-5 with 2 singles and a solo home run. Logan Johnson went 3-4 with 2 singles and a double, Brandon Williams went 2-3 with 2 singles, Jake Womack went 2-4 with a single and a homerun, Alex Inghram went 1-4 with a double, Ethan Calhoun went 1-4 with a single, Nic Harris went 1-3 with a single, Cayleb Hunter went 1-2 with a single and Cody Freeman 1-3 with a single. The starting pitcher for the Chicks, Brock Henderson, went 5 innings giving up 0 runs on just 2 hits. The relief pitcher was Brandon Williams and he went 2 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. The Chicks lead the series 1-0.

Game 2:

In game 2 of the Bi-Districts playoffs, the Bobcats defeated the Chick 2-0. In a pitchers duel, the Bobcats sent Kellen Horrell to the mound where he went 7 innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. The Chicks sent Brock Henderson to the mound where he went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 8 batters. The Chickasha bats were held to just 2 hits.  Brandon Williams went 1-3 with a single and Cayleb Hunter went 1-2 with a single. The series was tied 1-1 and the winner of game 3 would advance to Regionals.

Player of the game:

Kellen Horrell- Horrell went 7 strong innings, shutting out the Chicks, while striking out 6 batters.

Game 3:

In game 3 of the Bi-Districts playoff series, the Chicks defeated the Bobcats 7-5. The Chicks sent Jake Womack to the mound where he went 7 innings giving up 5 runs on 4 hits. The bats for Chickasha collected 8 hits and were led by Jake Womack who went 3-3 with 3 singles. Brock Henderson went 2-4 with 2 singles, Brandon Williams went 1-4 with a single, Ethan Calhoun went 1-3 with a single and Nic Harris went 1-3 with a single. The Chicks win the series 2-1 and advance to the Regional playoffs.

Districts Co MVP’S

Brock Henderson: Henderson hit 5-12 with 4 singles and a home run. He pitched 11 innings, while just giving up 2 runs on 6 hits.

Jake Womack: Womack hit 5-9 with 4 singles and a home run. He pitched 7 innings, giving up 5 runs on just 4 hits.

Quotes:

SR. Brock Henderson said “This series was tougher than we thought it would be. But we won districts and just want to keep moving right.”