OKLAHOMA CITY (June 14, 2013) – Outfielder Dillon Andrews and pitcher Chris Burgess led a group of six Oklahoma Christian players who earned spots on the National Christian College Athletic Association’s final baseball stat list for 2013.
Andrews, a senior from Midwest City, ranked in the top 20 in four categories – hitting (tied for 16th at .389), slugging percentage (tied for 20th at .548), hits per game (tied for 14th at 1.36, with 61 in 45 games) and triples per game (tied for 16th at 0.07, with three overall).
Burgess, a senior from West Chicago, Ill., was the only pitcher to rank in the top 10 in both wins and saves after going 7-0 with nine saves. Burgess tied for 14th in wins and fourth in saves.
With a 1.54 ERA, Burgess would have ranked second nationally, but the NCCAA refused to recognize Burgess in that category, saying he didn’t meet a minimum requirement of averaging one inning pitched per team game played –although the national leader listed in that category also didn’t meet that requirement. Burgess led OC with 22 appearances and pitched 41 innings during the Eagles’ 52 games.
Outfielder Markus Carr, a junior from Sugar Land, Texas, ranked ninth in stolen bases per game at 0.55, or 24 in 44 games. Outfielder Jordan Lopez, a sophomore from Edmond, was tied for 23rd in doubles per game at 0.32, or 15 in 47 games.
Pitchers Cale Coshow and Tyler Sturges also finished with national rankings in strikeouts per nine innings. Coshow, a sophomore from Edmond, was 22nd at 8.51, or 69 strikeouts in 73 innings. Sturges, a junior from Edmond, was 25th at 8.32, or 53 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.
OC ranked in the top 10 in two team categories – fourth in strikeouts per game by pitchers, with 6.77 (352 in 52 games) and tied for 10th in fielding percentage at .961.
The Eagles finished 26-26 this season and reached the NCCAA World Series, OC’s first national tournament appearance in 41 years.