CARY, N.C. (May 28, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian first baseman Blake Stringer has earned recognition on a second NCAA Division II All-America baseball team.
The senior from Blanchard was a third-team selection Wednesday on the 2014 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-America squad, which was selected by a national committee of Division II coaches.
Last week, Stringer and OC relief pitcher Dillon Endecott received honorable mention on another Division II All-America squad, that one issued by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Stringer and Endecott both were Division II All-South Central Region first-team picks by both the NCBWA and the ABCA.
“Since we’re only in the second year of the Division II membership process, it’s particularly gratifying to have our players be considered for All-America honors,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “Blake had a tremendous season and was a big reason we’ve been able to do what we’ve done the past two seasons. He really stepped up his game this season.”
Stringer was the only OC player to start all 56 games this season. He led the Eagles in batting average (.387), home runs (six), doubles (21), triples (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.
During Stringer’s two seasons at OC, the Eagles have made their first two national-tournament appearances since 1972, qualifying for the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series both years after winning consecutive NCCAA Central Region titles.
This season, OC set a school record for wins, finishing 38-17-1, and ended up third in the final regular-season Heartland Conference standings and sixth in the last regular-season South Central Region rankings.
He was one of five Heartland Conference players honored by the ABCA. Two players from St. Edward’s (Texas), which finished second in the regular-season league standings, were first-team All-America picks – designated hitter Wes Koenig and pitcher Brannon Easterling. Lubbock Christian (Texas), which finished atop the regular-season standings, had a pair of third-team selections in third baseman Joel Lutz and infielder Brandon Wilson.