AUSTIN, Texas (April 1, 2014) – Slowly but surely, Oklahoma Christian’s success is baseball is going national.
Another program landmark occurred Tuesday, when the Eagles received votes for the first time in the NCAA Division II national poll compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America.
OC (18-10) picked up nine points in the voting, good for a tie for 32nd with Dixie State (Utah). The Eagles were ranked seventh in the South Central Region poll on Monday and entered this week tied for second in the Heartland Conference with a pair of longtime Division II powers, St. Mary’s (Texas) and St. Edward’s (Texas).
Two Heartland teams cracked the national top 25 – league-leading Lubbock Christian (Texas) at No. 18 and St. Mary’s at No. 25. St. Edward’s finished 28th in the poll balloting.
This week’s NCBWA poll marks the first time OC baseball has received votes in a national poll since the Eagles picked up a single vote in the NAIA polls of April 19, April 26 and May 3, 2011.
Baseball is the fifth OC athletic program to receive votes in a Division II national poll since the university began the NCAA membership process before the 2012-13 academic year. OC’s men’s and women’s tennis teams made their respective national top 25 lists in 2013 – with the men reaching No. 9 – and OC’s men’s golf team has been ranked as high as No. 10 nationally. OC’s women’s golf team also has received votes in national polls.
Some OC programs – including cross country, track and field and basketball – won’t be considered for Division II national rankings until the university is a full NCAA member.