OC catcher Cleveland named as Heartland Conference’s hitter of the week

OC catcher Caden Cleveland has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.
OC catcher Caden Cleveland has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 7, 2014) – After a week in which he delivered a clutch game-winning hit on the road, Oklahoma Christian catcher Caden Cleveland was named Monday as the Heartland Conference’s baseball hitter of the week.

Cleveland, a junior from Oklahoma City, hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games last week for the Eagles. He drove home the tiebreaking run with an 11th-inning single in an 8-7 win at East Central on Tuesday, then had another key RBI in a 4-2 win over Newman (Kan.) in conference play.

He had a double and a triple and drove home two runs as OC nearly rallied from an early five-run deficit against Newman in the series finale before falling 6-4. He finished the week with a slugging percentage of .769.

It was the first career conference hitter-of-the-week honor for Cleveland. He became the second OC player in three weeks to win the NCAA Division II conference’s weekly hitting award, joining Cory Eastwood, who took the honor for the week of March 17-23.