AUSTIN, Texas (May 23, 2014) – The string of honors for Oklahoma Christian players following the Eagles’ record-setting season continued Friday, with three OC players receiving All-South Central Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association.
First baseman Blake Stringer and relief pitcher Dillon Endecott were named to the all-region first-team list, while outfielder Jordan Lopez was a second-team selection.
Coaches from programs that make up the region’s three NCAA Division II leagues – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences – voted on the teams. First-team all-region selections will be on the ballot for consideration on the ABCA’s All-America teams.
The OC trio has combined to receive a slew of awards following the Eagles’ 38-17-1 season, during which the team set a program record for wins. The Eagles finished sixth in the final South Central Region rankings, meaning they would have qualified for the Division II postseason had they been eligible. OC ended up third in the final regular-season Heartland Conference standings.
All three OC players were first-team all-conference selections and made the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association all-region squads, with Stringer and Endecott on the first-team list and Lopez on the second-team list. On Thursday, Stringer and Endecott also received honorable mention on the NCBWA’s Division II All-America teams.
Endecott was a National Christian College Athletic Association All-Central Region second-team pick while Stringer received honorable mention on that honor squad.
Stringer, a senior from Blanchard, was the only OC player to start all 56 games this season. He led the Eagles in batting average (.387), home runs (six), doubles (21), triples (six) and RBIs (58) while stealing 15 bases and posting a .613 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage. He also posted a .992 fielding percentage.
Endecott, a junior right-hander from McLoud, set OC single-season and career records with 13 saves. If OC was eligible for the NCAA Division II statistical rankings, Endecott would be tied for seventh nationally in that category. In 27 appearances, he recorded a 1.89 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 38 innings.
Lopez, a junior from Edmond, hit .342 with five home runs and 40 RBIs despite missing a good chunk of the season due to injury. He had a .577 slugging percentage and a .414 on-base percentage while playing errorless defense the entire season.