AUSTIN, Texas (May 22, 2014) – After a record-setting season, Oklahoma Christian now has its first two NCAA Division II baseball All-Americans.
First baseman Blake Stringer and closer Dillon Endecott received honorable mention on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Division II All-America honor teams, which were released Thursday.
The two led OC to a 38-17-1 record as the Eagles set a program record for wins in a season and entered the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series as the No. 1 seed. OC finished third in the regular-season Heartland Conference standings.
Endecott and Stringer become the second and third OC student-athletes to be honored as NCAA Division II All-Americans since OC began the Division II membership process before the 2012-13 school year. Golfer Sam Johnston was a second-team Division II All-America pick in 2013.
Stringer and Endecott are the 12th and 13th All-Americans in OC baseball history and the second and third since the university revived the program in 2008 after a seven-year hiatus. Pitcher Chris Burgess was named as a NCCAA first-team All-American after the 2013 season.
“We have thought all along that Blake and Dillon were All-Americans and we’re glad that others agree with us,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “Both played important roles for us as we had one of the best seasons in OC baseball history.”
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) 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 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.
Stringer and Endecott were two of eight Heartland Conference players honored on the NCBWA lists. St. Edward’s (Texas), which finished second in the regular-season league standings, had two first-team picks in pitcher Brannon Easterling and designated hitter Wes Koenig.
Lubbock Christian (Texas), which finished first in the regular-season conference standings, had three second-team picks in catcher Wigberto Nevarez, third baseman Joel Lutz and utility player Brandon Wilson. St. Mary’s (Texas) pitcher Rene Solis, like Endecott and Stringer, also received honorable mention.