Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O baseball team's season ended early when their three-game American Southwest Conference series against LeTourneau University was cancelled due to heavy rain over the weekend.
Ozarks (13-24, 2-16) ended the year two wins short of breaking the school record for most wins in a season since joining the ASC. “Statistically, our pitching and hitting were much better than last season,” said head coach Jimmy Clark. “Our team ERA was more than a run better per game and our team batting average was improved. I expected us to be around .500 this season and with a break here and there we could have been. It was frustrating because we played with some of the better teams in the conference. Our freshmen and sophomores were playing against juniors and seniors most of the year and that’s always an uphill battle.” The Eagles’ offense was led by sophomore Anthony Brandon, who set the school record for most hits in a season with 51. “Anthony had an outstanding season despite his shoulder injury,” said Clark. “He had the most productive offensive year of any player since I’ve been here. Kyle Hudson had a nice year on the mound, too. He had the best year on the mound of any Division III player we’ve had here. He had a phenomenal first half of the season, winning four games and earning four saves. Caleb Hilton came out and had a solid year. He scored a lot of runs for us and he made some of the best defensive plays I’ve ever seen in the outfield. I expect him to have a productive senior year.” The Eagles will return numerous lettermen for the 2005 year while losing just three seniors this season.