OKLAHOMA CITY (May 10, 2014) – Three Oklahoma Christian baseball players have been chosen for the All-National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region honor teams.
OC, which wrapped up its second straight region title Friday, didn’t have a player on the 15-man first-team list, but the Eagles landed pitchers Brandon Pierce and Dillon Endecott on the 14-man second-team list, while first baseman Blake Stringer received honorable mention.
Coaches of the region’s 17 teams chose the honor squads during a meeting before the regional tournament, hosted this week by OC.
“All three of those guys deserved as much recognition as possible,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said of Pierce, Endecott and Stringer. “They all played key roles this season in helping us win the region title.”
During the regular season, Pierce, a senior right-hander from Gunter, Texas, was OC’s No. 1 starter, compiling a 9-3 record with a 3.08 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 73 innings. He finished tied for fourth in the NCCAA in wins and 12th in strikeouts per nine innings.
Endecott, a junior right-hander from McLoud, developed into one of the nation’s best closers, recording 12 saves – the second-highest total in the NCCAA – while posting a 1.36 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 33 innings. He set OC’s single-season and career record for saves.
Stringer, a senior from Blanchard, started all 47 regular-season games for the Eagles and was the team’s second-leading hitter at .381. He led the team with 51 RBIs and added six home runs, four triples and 16 doubles, giving him a healthy .613 slugging percentage (15th-best in the NCCAA). He was ninth in the NCCAA in RBI and 19th in doubles. He also stole 13 bases.
Stringer, Endecott and Pierce all earlier were named to the first-team All-Heartland Conference honor list, along with outfielder Jordan Lopez, while another Eagle, catcher Caden Cleveland, was a second-team all-conference pick.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, which went 52-6 but opted to play in the NAIA playoffs instead of the NCCAA regional tournament, dominated the all-region list with five first-team and two second-team picks. Against three common opponents – Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City University and Rogers State – OWU went 1-2 while OC was 6-0.
OWU swept the individual awards, with Diego Ibarra named as the region pitcher of the year, Jose Ruiz as the hitter of the year and Matt Parker as the coach of the year.