OKLAHOMA CITY (May 11, 2013) – On the heels of winning the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title, OC baseball coach Lonny Cobble and two of his players have received individual regional awards.
Cobble, in his first season at OC, has been named as the Central Region coach of the year. The Eagles, 8-34 a year ago, will take a 25-23 mark into next week’s NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio – the program’s first appearance in a national tournament in 41 years. With 25 wins, the Eagles have matched the most wins in a season since the university revived the baseball program in 2008.
Cobble is the first OC coach to receive a coach-of-the-year honor since 1993, when Johnny Inman was named as the Sooner Athletic Conference coach of the year.
Burgess, OC’s closer, was named as the region pitcher of the year. The senior right-hander from West Chicago, Ill., is 6-0 this season with a school-record nine saves and a 1.23 ERA. Burgess has 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and has recorded a win or a save in a remarkable 60 percent of OC’s wins this season.
Andrews, a senior outfielder from Midwest City, shared regional hitter of the year honors with Jerett Hardy of Oklahoma Wesleyan. Andrews has a team-best .385 batting average and also leads the Eagles in slugging percentage (.545) and on-base percentage (.455). He’s hit 11 doubles, three triples and two home runs to go with 25 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.