The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma baseball program recently added more honors to its list.
The American Baseball Coaches Association announced that head coach Mike Ross and starting pitcher Colton Williams received honors. Ross was named one of the ABCA/Diamond NAIA Regional Coaches of the Year, while Williams was named ABCA/Rawlings NAIA Pitcher of the Year.
Ross — also the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year — helped lead the Drovers to a 49-12 record this past season. The Drovers went 24-3 in conference play and won the regular-season title before winning the conference tournament.
The Drovers won 26 games in a row during one stretch of the season.
The Drover ended up being one of the final three teams competing in Lewiston, Idaho, at the Avista NAIA World Series and went 3-2 as the No. 2 seed. The Drovers defeated defending champion Southeastern University, as well as eventual national champion and No. 1 seed Tennessee Wesleyan University.
USAO went 3-0 in the NAIA Opening Round to advance to the World Series and opened play in Idaho with a win over Lewis-Clark State College.
The Drovers were voted No. 3 in the NAIA postseason poll.
As for Williams, his list of honors also includes SAC Pitcher of the Year and NAIA Pitcher of the Year. He was also named a first-team All-American within the NAIA by the NAIA's committee.
Williams went 16-0 during the season with a 1.33 ERA. His 16 wins ended up being the most by any pitcher in the NAIA.