OKLAHOMA CITY (May 11, 2014) – There will be no sneaking up on anyone for Oklahoma Christian’s baseball team this week in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series.
OC will begin play Wednesday in the 10-team event in Mason, Ohio, as the No. 1 seed – a remarkable rise for a program that finished 8-34 two years ago.
The NCCAA World Series features two five-team pools, with round-robin play in each one. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals. OC (37-15) will be in a pool with fourth-seeded Fresno Pacific (Calif.), fifth-seeded Bluefield (Va.), eighth-seeded Trinity Christian (Ill.) and ninth-seeded Shorter (Ga.).
“It’s exciting,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said of the No. 1 seed. “But it also puts a big bulls-eye on you at the same time.”
OC is scheduled to play a pair of doubleheaders. The Eagles’ opener will be Wednesday against Trinity Christian (26-20) at 1 p.m. Central (2 p.m. Eastern), followed by a 7 p.m. game against Bluefield (33-17).
On Thursday, the Eagles will play Shorter (15-34) at noon Central time, then Fresno Pacific (33-19) at 6 p.m. Should OC qualify for the semifinals, those are scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Central time. The championship game is scheduled for noon Saturday.
OC, which was seeded ninth last year in its NCCAA World Series debut, is one of only two teams from last year’s field to return in 2014, joining seventh-seeded Cedarville (Ohio). The other teams in the event will be second-seeded Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.), third-seeded Lee (Tenn.), sixth-seeded Toccoa Falls (Ga.) and 10th-seeded Lancaster Bible (Pa.).