The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma baseball team is heading to Idaho once again.
For the third time in four seasons, the Drovers have advanced to the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Drovers advanced to the World Series by going 3-0 in the Opening Round in Santa Barbara, California.
The Drovers were the top seed in the bracket and advanced to the World Series in dramatic fashion. After wins over Arizona Christian University (8-3) and the University of Antelope Valley (11-2) on Monday and Tuesday, the Drovers needed just one win over Westmont College on Wednesday.
The two programs needed extra innings, but the Drovers ended up coming out on top. Ian Laureano’s walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning of a 7-4 win was what clinched USAO’s spot at the World Series.
The World Series is scheduled to begin May 24.
The NAIA released the bracket for the World Series, and the Drovers earned the No. 2 seed. USAO is scheduled to begin play May 25 against the winner of Freed-Hardeman and Lewis-Clark State.
Prior to sweeping their way to the World Series, the Drovers won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season and tournament. They enter the World Series having won 25 games in a row. USAO has a record of 46-10 on the season.