The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma softball team finished its regular season with a week full of historic milestones.
The Drovers made history Thursday with a sweep of Bacone College in Sooner Athletic Conference play. The Drovers set the record for the longest winning streak across multiple seasons in the NAIA with their first win in the doubleheader.
The win was USAO’s 53rd in a row, and the Drovers followed that up with their 54th win in a row. The two wins over Bacone put the Drovers at 47-0 and gave them at least a share of the regular-season conference title.
The top-ranked Drovers faced No. 2 Oklahoma City University on the road Friday and were looking to complete a regular-season sweep of the Stars. The Drovers previously defeated OCU at home on a walk-off home run and a walk-off wild pitch.
USAO needed one win over OCU to break the longest single-season winning streak of 47, according to the NAIA. The Drovers were also one win away from capturing the conference championship by themselves.
USAO was able to break the single-season record with a 1-0 win over the Stars, moving to 48-0 on the season. USAO’s lone run came from a Randa Hatter home run. Sophomore pitcher Emily Cerny picked up the win in the circle.
The Drovers followed up that win with a 10-3 victory over OCU in the second game of the day to finish their regular season with a 49-0 record and a SAC regular-season title.
USAO’s 56-game winning streak is not only an NAIA record. The Drovers were also able to surpass the NCAA record. According to the NCAA, the record was set in Division II by Northern Kentucky University in 2005.