DENVER (April 7, 2014) – A three-loss week cost the Oklahoma Christian Eagles a bit in this week’s South Central Region baseball poll, which was released Monday.
OC (20-12) dropped one spot to No. 8 in the poll, which is conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The poll includes teams from the three NCAA Division II leagues that make up the region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences.
The Eagles split a pair of nonconference games last week – losing 6-3 at Division II No. 17 Arkansas Tech, then winning 8-7 at East Central. In Heartland Conference play, OC dropped two of three home games to Newman (Kan.).
OC is one of five Heartland teams in the regional poll, along with No. 2 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 4 St. Edward’s (Texas), No. 6 St. Mary’s (Texas) and No. 10 Newman. With a 13-8 league record, the Eagles are fourth in the Heartland standings, behind Lubbock Christian at 18-3 and St. Mary’s and St. Edward’s, both at 13-5.
The Eagles will play four nonconference games this week, all at home. OC will host longtime rival and NAIA power Oklahoma City University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before playing Ecclesia (Ark.) in a single game Friday at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at noon.