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USAO's Matt Merrill pitches for USAO last season.

The NAIA recently released a preseason baseball poll, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will enter the regular season ranked in the top three.

Coaches across the country voted USAO No. 3 in the country to enter the season. USAO earned 461 points in the poll, 17 behind St. Thomas University. USAO was ranked third in the NAIA's postseason poll as well.

The Drovers are coming off of a 49-12 year last season. USAO won three games at the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, and ended up finishing third at the event. USAO defeated eventual national champion and current No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan University at the World Series last season.

The NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee honored USAO players, naming them preseason All-Americans. USAO had the most players named to the list with three.

Pitchers Colton Williams and Matt Merrill were named with outfielder Luis Pelayo.

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