Midland College baseball players Chris Shaw and Thomas Mcllraith will be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners this fall.
The players are finishing out the season at MC and are preparing for their transfer to the University of Oklahoma.
Mcllraith and Shaw signed with the OU last fall. Both players were presented with playing offers from other universities, but after their visit to OU, the players said it was an easy decision.
Mcllraith and Shaw visited the campus together in October of 2013, prior to making their decision.
Mcllraith and Shaw watched the OU baseball team practice, hung out with the players, and learned more of what the OU baseball program had to offer.
“I love what they are doing with the baseball program,” Mcllraith said. “I really enjoyed the weekend I got to spend with them.”
“I chose OU because it is a great place to go. It has an atmosphere that is bred for excellence,” said Shaw, who is originally from Canada.
Their time spent interacting with the current OU baseball players increased their excitement.
During their visit, the MC players became impressed with the new OU coaches.
“They have brought in a couple of new coaches who are looking to make a positive impact on the program,” Shaw said.
Both players are excited to see how the new coaches will benefit the Sooners baseball program.
“The new coach was focused on a national championship, and that’s what it’s all about,” Mcllraith said.
The players are anticipating the future competition between OU and other teams in the Big 12 conference.
Playing at the Division I level will bring in competitors like the University of Texas, Kansas State University and OU’s top rival, Oklahoma State University.
“The OU baseball program has had a lot of success in the past. We hope to help the team maintain that success,” Shaw said.
Mcllraith and Shaw are both in their second year of Chaps baseball.
Mcllraith will continue to play pitcher at OU, and Shaw will continue playing catcher.
Both players are planning to make the best of their baseball season at MC.
Both Shaw and Mcllraith said they intend on working as hard as possible to help bring the Chaps to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado on May 25.