Athletic News: RSS Feed Lubbock Christian’s 5 longballs lift Chaparrals past Oklahoma Christian, 11-6 OKLAHOMA CITY (April 19, 2014) – The scouting report on Lubbock Christian (Texas) was that the Chaparrals liked to sit back and wait on the home run to score. Unfortunately for Oklahoma Christian, they did just that in bunches on Saturday afternoon at Dobson Field.

With the wind blowing out to left field, No. 9-ranked LCU hit five homers – accounting for all but one of the Chaparrals’ runs – and rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Eagles 11-6 in the decisive game of the three-game Heartland Conference series.

LCU (32-10, 23-4 Heartland) moved within a win of clinching the best regular-season record in the Heartland, although the conference refuses to allow member schools that are in the NCAA Division II membership process, such as LCU and OC, from winning regular-season titles. OC (26-14, 14-10) is solidly in fourth place in the standings, two games ahead of fifth-place Newman (Kan.).

It was the third time this season the Chaparrals won on the road in the decisive game of a conference series, but they had to work for it, as they never took the lead until the eighth inning against a game OC squad looking to post a statement win.

“Last year, we thought we knew where the bar was set (in the conference) and I think this year there’s a new bar,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “What I think is, the better teams, you want to get to that level. They’re a great team. There’s no wonder they haven’t lost a series. They’ve swept a lot of series. We just need to make sure we know where that bar is and try to climb to that level.”

“Every time it seems like we’ve had a chance to make a statement in a series, against St. Edward’s or Lubbock, and try to take two, we just haven’t been able to get over that hump yet. But we’re going to figure out a way to get there.”

Five different LCU players – Joel Lutz, Brandon Wilson, Wigberto Nevarez, Brett Wilhelm and Tanner Rainey – hit a home run. The latter two, a three-run shot by Wilhelm and a two-run shot by Rainey (his first career homer) came in a five-run eighth inning that put LCU ahead 10-6.

“We knew those guys were going to hit and they were going to score a lot of runs,” Cobble said. “Unfortunately for us, we didn’t keep the ball down enough. … We learned a lesson. We’ve got to keep the ball down.”

Early on, it looked like the Eagles would run away from LCU. Cameron Keener and Cory Eastwood each had a RBI single in the first inning and Jordan Lopez’s two-run double keyed a three-run second off LCU starter Jack Mabe. Keener’s second run-scoring single of the day put OC ahead 5-0.

Lutz hit a three-run homer in the third after bunt singles by Rainey and Jesus Pintado, cutting OC’s lead to 5-3. Solo shots by Wilson and Nevarez in the fifth off OC starter Kacy Cook tied the game at 5-5.

A solo homer by Sean Murphy – his second of the season and second of the series – in the sixth put the Eagles back ahead 6-5. Ryan Nash pitched a perfect sixth inning for OC and Garrett Guys (2-2) did the same in the seventh, but Guys ran into trouble in the eighth. LCU put two men on with one out before Wilhelm put them ahead 8-6. Reliever Tyler Schuman later gave up Rainey’s homer that made it 10-6.

LCU added an insurance run in the ninth to make it 11-6. The Chaparrals’ late-inning hitting made a winner out of reliever Levi Westerlund (3-1), who didn’t allow a hit in three innings of work.

“We’re in that ball game and even have the lead in the seventh,” Cobble said. “… I feel good about the way we played. We battled with those guys. We just unfortunately came out on the short end of the stick twice.”

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:45:00 CDT ec5cb0fd-1015-46ca-89b5-51586fce003d
Eagles rally from 5-run deficit to earn split with No. 9 Lubbock Christian OKLAHOMA CITY (April 18, 2014) – No. 9-ranked Lubbock Christian (Texas) was every bit as good as advertised and the Chaparrals came close to steamrolling Oklahoma Christian on Friday at Dobson Field.

The Chaparrals won the opening game of Heartland Conference doubleheader 6-1 and zoomed to an early five-run lead in the second game. But OC bounced back – thanks in good part to Caleb Price’s hitting and Eddie Broll’s relief pitching – and rallied for a 10-9 win.

LCU (31-10, 22-4) and OC (26-13, 14-9) will play the series’ decisive game on Saturday at 1 p.m. LCU entered the series leading the Heartland by two games in the loss column over second-place St. Edward’s (Texas), while OC was in fourth place, a game behind St. Mary’s (Texas) in the loss column.

LCU was 22-2 in its previous 24 games and had won eight straight before losing the second game of the doubleheader to the Eagles. LCU traditionally has dominated the series against OC, with a 53-14 all-time mark.

“It would definitely be exciting to take another one off these guys, but we definitely have our work cut out for us,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “They’re a really good ball club. They’re kind of like a pro team. Those guys just stand up and bang the ball around the yard. So for our guys to get a win against those guys, I think it goes a long way for our program.”

In the opener, OC – ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings (with LCU at No. 3) – took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, as Cory Eastwood singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Florence. For a long time, it looked like OC starter Brandon Pierce (7-3) would make that lead stand up, as he struck out eight batters in six innings and mostly was dominant.

But Joel Lutz turned the game around with a two-run homer over the left-field wall with two outs in the sixth and Wigberto Nevarez followed with a solo shot to left field. Hunter McFall then doubled and scored on an error and all of a sudden the Chaparrals led 4-1. They added a pair of runs in the seventh.

LCU pitcher Brig Gerlich (9-0) went the distance and allowed only three hits.

The Chaparrals jumped on OC’s second-game starter, Luke Sandoval, for two runs in the third and took a 4-1 lead on a two-run homer by Nevarez in the fourth. Sean Murphy answered with a two-run homer – his first of the season – in the bottom of the fourth to pull OC within 4-3, but LCU added four more runs in the fifth, with Hunter McFall recording the big blow, a two-run double to left field. That made it 8-3.

OC again had an answer. Price, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, doubled home a run and scored during a three-run fifth off LCU starter Tim Carlson.

Both teams went to their bullpens after that, with decidedly different results. OC’s Zach Loomis (3-2) allowed two hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, then Broll faced the minimum six batters during his two-inning stint, buying time for OC to rally on offense.

“Eddie Broll has been coming out of the bullpen all year and getting the job done for us,” Cobble said.

The Eagles fared well against LCU reliever Jarret Porter (3-3), taking a 9-8 lead with a three-run sixth, with Jordan Lopez and Price each contributing an RBI single. OC added what proved to be an important insurance run in the seventh when A.J. Florence was hit by a pitch, went to third base on a single by Lopez and scored when the throw from LCU right fielder Stephen Withrow hit the bag and caromed away.

“Price has been steady for us all year,” Cobble said. “He’s a senior. He stepped up and made a good (defensive) play in the outfield and drove in some runs in crucial situations for us. I’m proud of the leadership we’re getting from our seniors.”

The Chaparrals rallied briefly against OC closer Dillon Endecott, as Brandon Wilson reached on a leadoff infield single and Joel Lutz did the same on a bad-hop single to left field. An error on the latter play allowed Wilson to score to make it 10-9, but Endecott retired the next three batters, with Price making a sliding catch in right field to end the game.

Endecott recorded his eighth save, one off the single-season OC record set last season by Chris Burgess.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:30:00 CDT 5e426bcf-ecd8-45db-8fc7-449c4c26284d
Oklahoma Christian quartet takes 2nd in 4x1600-meter race at Kansas Relays LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 18, 2014) –Four Oklahoma Christian distance runners waited almost all day to run in one event on Friday night at the Kansas Relays, but they made it worth their time.

The OC quartet of Brennym Kaelin, Bryant Keirns, Roberto Diaz and Brayden Barrientez took second place in the 4x1600-meter relay, a rarely run collegiate event.

The Eagles finished the race at Rock Chalk Park in a time of 17:51.93, trailing only Augustana (S.D.) in the seven-team field. OC beat one NCAA Division I squad, Oral Roberts, and a pair of Division II foes in Fort Hays State (Kan.) and Emporia State (Kan.).

Kaelin opened with a split of 4:27.80, then Keirns followed with one of 4:25.63. Diaz had a 4:28.47 on the third leg, while Barrientez’s anchor-leg split was 4:30.04.

After a busy stretch during the past 10 days, OC’s track and field teams will be off until April 26, when they’ll compete in the Southwestern Relays in Winfield, Kan. That will be their final prep meet for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Championships, set for May 1-3 in Rome, Ga.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:00 CDT 9c8cc6e6-9ba4-42ef-9f03-b06e5e1f8bda
It’s Freshman Day for OC, as Coats, Davidson shine in win over Newman OKLAHOMA CITY (April 18, 2014) – Mid-April is the time most softball teams begin thinking about Senior Day. But before Oklahoma Christian does that next week, the Lady Eagles had a Freshman Day of sorts on Friday afternoon.

Pitcher Shea Coats and catcher Niki Davidson – both in their first collegiate season – led the Lady Eagles to an 8-0 win over Newman (Kan.) in five innings at Tom Heath Field, completing a three-game sweep of the Heartland Conference series between the teams.

Coats threw her fourth straight shutout, a two-hitter, and extended her streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 27, while Davidson went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBIs. OC (32-14, 14-6 Heartland) sealed at least a third-place regular-season conference finish with the win, which coach Tom Heath said was a goal at the start of the season.

OC has won 19 of its last 22 games, a run that includes road wins over the defending NCAA Division II champion, Central Oklahoma, and then-No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas).
“We are playing well right now,” Heath said. “Everybody understands their role at this time and everybody is filling their role. We’ve got great support from everybody on the team, helping each other out. It’s a true team effort and we’re going to keep on that roll as long as we can.”

Newman (15-27, 6-15) threatened but once against Coats, taking advantage of two early walks to put runners on second and third base with two outs in the first inning, but Coats recovered to strike out Jensen Cromer looking to end the inning.

Coats (18-2) allowed only a third-inning double to Mikayla Medbery and a fourth-inning single to Missy Swanson, but neither runner advanced. One day after striking out nine Jets, Coats recorded seven Ks.

“Shea is a special pitcher,” Heath said. “She is a very talented pitcher, very competitive player. She is having a great freshman year.”

Davidson’s home run, her third of the season, broke a scoreless tie with one out in the second. She also played a key role in a two-run fourth inning, as Martha Thomas, Courtney Starr and Davidson smashed consecutive doubles off Newman starter Kelsey Jones (6-8) to open the inning.

The Lady Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth and finished the game off with a five-run outburst. Davidson had the big blow, a two-run, bases-loaded single. Monique Elliott followed with a run-scoring single to make it 7-0, and Kala Ratliff reached on a two-out error, allowing Elliott to scoot across the plate with the winning run.

“Niki has tremendous power,” Heath said. “She’s developed that competitive offensive power. It took her a while to get used to college ball, but right now, she is awesome – hitting the long ball, hitting line drives off the fence, knocking in runs. She had a monster game today and she’s doing a great job behind the plate as well.”

OC will finish conference play next Friday and Saturday, hosting Texas A&M International, which entered the weekend in fifth place in the Heartland standings. OC could still finish tied for second in league play with a sweep, if second-place Lubbock Christian (Texas) drops two of three games at Oklahoma Panhandle State.

The series sweep of Newman also improved OC’s home record in its first season at Tom Heath Field to an impressive 19-4. OC won’t play another game away from home until the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship, should the Lady Eagles qualify for that event.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:30:00 CDT cfa43cfa-7ce2-45ad-ade6-1c3519b2e0a9
Keirns, Diaz shine in 5,000, Wallace 3rd in decathlon at Kansas Relays LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 17, 2014) – Bryant Keirns and Roberto Diaz ran strong in the 5,000 meters and Austin Wallace finished third in the decathlon as Oklahoma Christian performers made an appearance on Thursday at the prestigious Kansas Relays.

Keirns and Diaz both established themselves as threats to earn All-America status at the upcoming National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running two of the top three 5,000-meter times this season in the NCCAA.

Keirns, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan., was sixth in the 22-man field with a time of 14:46.10, while Diaz, a junior from Austin, Texas, was eight in 14:48.75. Both were season-best marks.

Wallace overcame less-than-ideal conditions, including cool temperatures and wind, to finish the 10-event decathlon with 6,083 points, the second-best total of his career. On Wednesday, during the decathlon’s first day, the sophomore from Edmond won both the 100 meters (10.88 seconds) and the 400 meters (52.99 seconds).

His 6,280-point outing last week in the Cowley Tiger Decathlon in Arkansas City, Kan., remains the best decathlon score in the NCCAA so far this spring.

Two other Eagles also competed Thursday. Senior thrower Larry Brown qualified for the finals in the hammer and finished ninth in the 20-man field with a top mark of 54.59 meters. Brown already had qualified for the NCCAA Championships in the event.

OC freshman Kyle Broaddrick ran in the 1,500 meters and finished in 4:12.48.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:45:00 CDT 73244284-5031-4702-90de-d5006e3a176a
Hamilton takes 3rd in heptathlon at prestigious Kansas Relays LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 17, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Roz Hamilton didn’t improve on her freshly minted school record in the heptathlon, but considering the circumstances, she fared well anyway.

The senior from Idabel battled cool, windy conditions on Thursday while competing at one of collegiate track and field’s most prestigious meets. She finished the two-day event with a score of 4,417 points – the second-highest of her career – to finish third in a six-woman field.

Hamilton’s performance came a week after she snapped a 27-year-old school record by scoring 4,561 points in the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon in Arkansas City, Kan.

During the Kansas Relays heptathlon, Hamilton won one event, taking top honors in the shot put with a throw of 11.71 meters. In the overall final standings, she beat three competitors from NCAA Division I programs.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:30:00 CDT 5ab868b9-75b9-4e69-8e0f-9973cd03a84c
Coats throws another shutout, Thomas, Pittman homer in sweep of Newman OKLAHOMA CITY (April 17, 2014) – Shea Coats and Martha Thomas continued their respective dominance on Thursday night, a combination that makes Oklahoma Christian tough to beat.

Coats threw her third straight shutout – a two-hitter – to lead OC past Newman (Kan.) 3-0 in the first game of a softball doubleheader at Tom Heath Field, then Thomas and Lauren Pittman homered in the second game as the Lady Eagles won 10-5.

OC (31-14, 13-6 Heartland Conference) will try to finish a sweep of the three-game series against Newman (15-26, 6-14) on Friday at noon. A win would clinch at least a third-place conference regular-season finish for OC in its second season in the NCAA Division II league.

“I’m very proud of our team,” OC coach Tom Heath said. “Those were two good wins for us tonight.”

Coats, the reigning Heartland pitcher of the week after blanking Cameron and then-No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas) last week, allowed only an infield single by Lacey Cowan in the third inning and a double by Megan McNeill in the sixth. Coats (17-2) has allowed only six hits in her last three starts, all complete games.

She escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third inning, striking out Kelsey Jones and retiring Missy Swanson on a fly ball to left field. That started a run during which Coats retired 14 of the final 15 batters for the Jets.

“Shea has been throwing the ball very well for the last two or three outings,” Heath said. “I think Shea is more relaxed now. She understands what needs to be done, how to pitch instead of just throwing the ball. Shea has done a great job. That team has beaten some pretty good teams.”

A run-scoring single by Lauren Chatigny and a sacrifice fly by Kendra Pierce off Jones (6-7) in the second inning proved to be all the offense the Lady Eagles needed. Sarah Endres and Chatigny both tripled in the fourth, leading to another run to make it 3-0. Chatigny finished 3-for-3 with a walk.

In the second game, the Lady Eagles scored three runs off Newman starter Jensen Cromer (8-16) on just one hit – a single by Monique Elliott – taking advantage of three walks, a fielding error, two passed balls and a wild pitch.

Thomas opened the fourth inning with an opposite-field, into-the-wind blast that carried over the left-center field wall for her ninth home run of the season. Courtney Starr followed with a single and eventually scored on an infield single by Elliott to make it 5-0.

Newman cut the lead to 5-2 in the fourth, as the Jets had three hits off OC starter Taylor Mosher (9-6). The Lady Eagles got those runs back in the fifth, though. Danielle Collins led off with a triple down the right-field line and Niki Davidson followed with a run-scoring single. With two outs, Pittman hit a solo home run to right-center field to make it 7-2.

Sarah Balderas tripled and scored for the Jets in the sixth and the Jets had two runners on with two outs, but Krystal Rodriguez relieved Mosher and recorded the final out. Thomas and Davidson both doubled as OC scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, with Davidson’s shot bringing home two runs and making it 10-3.

“Moose (Thomas) is strong enough to take it out opposite field, into the wind,” Heath said. “I was glad to see (Pittman) hit one out. She hit the ball hard all day, just right at people. I keep telling them, ‘Keep swinging the bat like you have been. Don’t change anything,’ and she got a hold of one.”

Swanson hit a two-run double in the seventh for Newman to account for the final margin, but Rodriguez finished the game to record her second save of the season.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:30:00 CDT ff77eb5d-b2ea-40b9-bfac-818000153929
Jones, Kruzich run season-bests in 200 to pace OC at Tabor Invitational HILLSBORO, Kan. (April 16, 2014) – Joshua Jones and Austin Kruzich both ran season-best times in the 200 meters, leading Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday at the Tabor Invitational.

Jones, a freshman from Escondido, Calif., finished 10th among 31 runners in the 200 with a time of 22.69 seconds, with Kruzich, a freshman from Allen, Texas, 11th in 22.72 seconds. A third OC runner, Dallas junior Jamal George, was one spot behind Kruzich, taking 12th in 22.86 seconds.

All three recorded qualifying times for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships. George and Kruzich did the same in the 100 meters, with George 11th among 28 runners with a time of 11.20 seconds and Kruzich 13th in 11.29 seconds.

Two other OC competitors also posted national-qualifying times or marks. In the 400-meter hurdles, Winston Ogletree was fifth among 21 runners with a time of 56.91 seconds.

Freshman Keegan Palmer recorded a mark of 41 feet, 5¾ inches (12.64 meters) in the triple jump and was 11th of 16 jumpers.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:00 CDT 93e6765b-fbab-48ca-8847-7b2c6f76f88c
Brown (discus), K. Ostlund (javelin) post event wins for OC at Tabor Invitational HILLSBORO, Kan. (April 16, 2014) – Makenzie Brown won the discus and Katie Ostlund resumed her domination in the javelin, leading Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday in the Tabor Invitational.

Brown uncorked a season-best throw of 144 feet, 1 inch (43.92 meters) to finish atop the 23-woman competition in the discus. The junior from Savanna ranks fourth in the National Christian College Athletic Association and already has qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

So has Ostlund, who struggled somewhat in her last meet in the javelin, an event in which she’s the defending NCCAA champion. But throwing just down the road from her hometown of Mount Hope, Kan., Ostlund was back to form with a throw of 129 feet (39.32 meters) to win in a field of 31 throwers.

Her sister, Miranda Ostlund, was 12th in the javelin with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches (35.29 meters). Both have qualified for nationals in the event.

Miranda Ostlund also took fourth among 25 women in the hammer, posting a top mark of 137 feet, 1 inch (41.79 meters). She has qualified for the NCCAA meet in that event, too. Katie Ostlund was ninth in the hammer with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches (35.29 meters), just short of the NCCAA qualifying standard.

OC’s sprinters also had a successful meet, with three posting NCCAA qualifying times. Wilmina Gley was 18th among 28 runners in the 100 meters in 13.20 seconds, while in the 200, Andrea Dennis (26.36 seconds) and Somer Helms (26.78 seconds) finished 11th and 15th, respectively, among the 32 runners.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Kara Drewke had a NCCAA qualifying time of 1:10.74, putting her ninth in the 17-woman race.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:30:00 CDT 189c2b6e-c6f6-489a-b0ec-5a7c35f67efe
Eagles finish 42nd in balloting for Division II men’s golf coaches’ poll NEW YORK (April 16, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian still is on the radar screen of voters in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll, but not enough to crack the top 25.

OC finished 42nd in the balloting for the current poll, which was released Wednesday, one spot lower than in the last poll, released three weeks ago. The Eagles received 13 points, three fewer than in the March poll.

OC, which ended its spring season last week, spent most of the fall season in the top 25, rising as high as No. 18, before dropping out in the final fall poll, released in early December. The Eagles have been in the “others receiving votes” category ever since.

The Eagles’ best team finish this spring was a second-place showing in the Dr. Troy Bledsoe Skyhawk Shootout at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

Only one Heartland Conference team cracked the top 25 – St. Edward’s (Texas), at No. 17. Besides OC and St. Edward’s, only one other Heartland team, Dallas Baptist (Texas), received votes, finishing with 11 points.

Barry (Fla.) was ranked No. 1, followed by South Carolina-Aiken, Lynn (Fla.), California State-Monterey Bay, Chico State (Calif.), Nova Southeastern (Fla.), Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.), Western New Mexico, Central Missouri and West Florida.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 CDT f80c02a8-9bbc-44c3-a001-66e62117eb91
Eagles complete season sweep of OCU for first time since 1974 with 13-10 win OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) – It took a marathon baseball game to end decades of frustration for Oklahoma Christian against Oklahoma City University.

OC prevailed against OCU 13-10 on Tuesday night in a nonconference matchup at Jim Wade Stadium in a game that lasted four hours and 12 minutes, which really wasn’t that long when you consider this number – 40 years.

OC’s baseball records are spotty, but it’s thought the Eagles – who also beat the Stars 14-3 last Tuesday – hadn’t swept OCU in a season series since 1974, when a Max Dobson-coached squad did so back when OCU was a member of NCAA Division I. After OCU joined the NAIA with the 1986 season, the Stars and Eagles have played annually each season OC has fielded a team, usually as conference rivals.

“It’s exciting,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “When you play a team like OCU, they’re a measuring stick for everybody. It’s nice to come in and get two wins against these guys. … We’ve got just as good a team coming in this weekend. Lubbock (Christian) is leading the conference. It would be nice to take a couple from those guys and finish up these last two or three weeks up on a positive note.”

There were a lot of eye-popping numbers on Monday. OC (25-12) and NAIA No. 12-ranked OCU (28-13) combined to use 14 pitchers – seven for each side. OC’s hurlers threw 203 pitches, which OCU’s threw 202. Both teams left 13 men on base. There were nine stolen bases – six by the Eagles, three by OCU – as well as 27 hits, seven errors and six wild pitches.

Both teams rallied from four-run deficits to tie the game. Fortunately for OC, it was the Eagles who had the last offensive burst to regain the lead after OCU had pulled even at 10-10 in the seventh inning.

“It was a long game,” Cobble said. “They kind of jumped on us early. I was really proud of the guys for not panicking and battling back. Then they tie it up and we have to go score again. It was two good teams that both, I thought, hit the ball really well tonight. Luckily, they made a few more errors than we did and we had a couple of big hits late to win this thing.”

Facing OCU pitcher Roby Romero (1-1) in the eighth inning, Caleb Price walked with one out and stole second base. Zac Cobble singled to left field, scoring Price, and went to second base after the Stars botched a rundown play. A.J. Florence followed with a single to left field, scoring Cobble to make it 12-10.

Eddie Broll pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth for OC, then the Eagles added an insurance run in the ninth when Caden Cleveland walked and eventually scored on a single by Garrett Stephenson.

OC closer Dillon Endecott ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the ninth, as the Stars’ first two batters reached base, but he retired OCU’s next three batters. He coaxed a foul popup from Connor Lynch – who already had homered twice – then struck out Forrest Smith and Jared Baker to end the game and record his seventh save of the season, just two shy of the school record set last season by Chris Burgess.

Dylon Sturges (3-2) threw the seventh inning and picked up the pitching win for OC.

OCU jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings and was up 6-4 thru five before the Eagles used a six-run sixth to take a 10-6 advantage. The Stars answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie the game. Lynch and Kyle Lacy had three hits each for the Stars.

Four Eagles – Florence, Markus Carr, Blake Stringer and Stephenson – had two hits each, while Stephenson had a season-high three RBIs. Stephenson, a senior playing out of position at second base, also made a nifty defensive play to end the seventh inning, snagging a bouncer by Austin Murphy and throwing him out by a step, which prevented the Stars from taking the lead and preserved the 10-10 tie.

Stephenson “did a really good job,” Lonny Cobble said. “He’s been one of those players for us who has been a role player all year for us and with some injuries has been starting a lot lately. The guy is just picking up the slack. He’s a ballgamer. I’m just really proud of the way he’s stepped up, being a senior and taking that leadership role. When he gets his opportunity, the guy performs.”

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:45:00 CDT f029fd68-5274-46f6-b9b3-536d6b93a961
Freshman Coats adds NCCAA weekly honor to Heartland Conference award OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) – Throw a one-hit shutout against one of the nation’s elite NCAA Division II teams and you’ll get noticed. That’s certainly been the case for Oklahoma Christian pitcher Shea Coats.

A day after being named as the Heartland Conference’s pitcher of the week for the first time, Coats was honored Tuesday for the second time as the National Christian College Athletic Association softball pitching student-athlete of the week.

The freshman from Tuttle was honored after throwing back-to-back shutouts in a 9-0 win over Cameron on Tuesday and a 3-0 win at Division II No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas) on Sunday. In the latter game, she limited the Rattlers to just one hit and never allowed a runner past second base, helping OC become the first Heartland team to beat St. Mary’s this season.

During the week, Coats (16-2) allowed four hits and seven walks and had 12 strikeouts. She has thrown 12 complete games this season and has six shutouts, five saves and a 1.81 ERA.

Coats received the NCCAA pitching honor for the first time in early March after leading the Lady Eagles to a series win at conference rival Texas-Permian Basin. One of her teammates, third baseman Kala Ratliff, also received the NCCAA softball weekly hitting honor earlier this season.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:15:00 CDT 5051d4f4-890d-489a-8560-1e81b1c6d9e0
Two-sport standout Hamilton adds NCCAA track honor to basketball award OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) – Perhaps the greatest testament to Roz Hamilton’s athleticism is this: In the span of only four weeks, she has received two national student-athlete of the week honors in as many sports.

On Tuesday, the National Christian College Athletic Association named Hamilton as its women’s track and field weekly honoree, recognizing her for breaking a 27-year-old Oklahoma Christian school record during the Cowley Tiger Heptathlon in Arkansas City, Kan.

Hamilton, a senior from Idabel, scored 4,561 points to eclipse the former school heptathlon mark set by Julie Haynes in 1987, OC’s first year of women’s track and field. Hamilton won two of the heptathlon’s seven events, taking top honors in the shot put and 800 meters, while finishing third among 15 competitors.

During the heptathlon, she qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200 meters, 100-meter hurdles, high jump (in which she's ranked fifth nationally) and long jump. She currently ranks second in the NCCAA in the heptathlon.

Back on March 18, Hamilton was named as the NCCAA’s women’s basketball student-athlete of the week after she earned most valuable player honors while leading the Lady Eagles to the NCCAA Central Region tournament title. Hamilton eventually was named to the NCCAA All-America second-team list and helped OC to a fifth-place finish at the national tournament.

Hamilton became the third OC women’s track student-athlete to take the weekly NCCAA honor this academic year, as freshman thrower Miranda Ostlund and junior sprinter Maegan Cowan each received the award once during the indoor season.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:00 CDT 6c507749-1376-42ce-b8e8-76cdb10368b6
Cleveland honored for 2nd straight week, this time by the NCCAA OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) – Caden Cleveland’s recent hitting tear has landed him another weekly honor, this time of the national variety.

The National Christian College Athletic Association on Tuesday named the Oklahoma Christian catcher as its national baseball student-athlete of the week, honoring him for his performance as the Eagles swept four games last week.

Cleveland, a junior from Oklahoma City, was coming off a week in which he’d been named as the Heartland Conference hitter of the week. His sizzling hitting continued as the Eagles rolled past longtime NAIA power Oklahoma City University 14-3, then swept a three-game series from Ecclesia (Ark.) in a rematch of last year's NCCAA Central Region title game.

His three-run homer was a key blow in the win over OCU and he had a pair of doubles in an 18-6 win over Ecclesia in the series opener. Cleveland hit .750 on the week (6-for-8) with a 1.500 slugging percentage, thanks to three doubles as well as the homer against OCU.

In 11 plate appearances, he reached base nine times – an .818 on-base percentage – and he scored twice in each of the three games in which he played. His current hot stretch has improved his season batting average to .397, the second-best in the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:30:00 CDT 4c960f76-8929-440f-8d72-2c0c9e2cf1ca
Strong finish to spring season results in NCCAA honor for OC’s Payne OKLAHOMA CITY (April 15, 2014) – For much of the 2013-14 campaign, Trey Payne played in the No. 4 or No. 5 positions on Oklahoma Christian’s men’s golf team, but he led the Eagles in their final tournament of the spring and earned national recognition as a result.

After tying for third in the Dallas Baptist Classic last week – the best individual performance of his career – Payne was named Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week.

Payne, a junior from Ardmore, shot rounds of 71, 71 and 72 on the par-71, 6,859-yard course at The Golf Club of Dallas. He helped the Eagles to a sixth-place finish in the 15-team tournament.

Payne’s performance in Dallas came on the heels of a fourth-place individual showing a week earlier in the Dr. Troy Bledsoe Skyhawk Shootout at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. That was his first career top-10 finish.

The NCCAA weekly honor was the first for Payne, who became the fourth OC golfer to take the award during the 2013-14 academic year. Senior Alasdair Dalgliesh won it twice, while senior Johnny Ellis and sophomore Sam Johnston won it once each. An OC player took the NCCAA weekly award after five of the Eagles’ nine tournaments.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:15:00 CDT 00aa2c1b-5173-48cc-ab75-7f5d2ae9e314
Coats honored for 1st time as Heartland Conference pitcher of the week OKLAHOMA CITY (April 14, 2014) – A third win this season against a top team in NCAA Division II softball earned Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats the Heartland Conference pitcher of the week award on Monday for the first time.

Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored after throwing back-to-back shutouts in a 9-0 win over Cameron on Tuesday and a 3-0 win at No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas) on Sunday. In the latter game, she limited the Rattlers to just one hit and never allowed a runner past second base, helping OC become the first Heartland team to beat St. Mary’s this season.

During the week, Coats (16-2) allowed four hits and seven walks and had 12 strikeouts. She has thrown 12 complete games this season and has six shutouts, five saves and a 1.81 ERA.

The two shutouts last week were the latest in a string of strong performances by Coats, who two weeks ago beat defending NCAA Division II champion Central Oklahoma and its star pitcher, Kalynn Schrock, the most valuable player of the 2013 Division II World Series. Coats also owns a win this season over current No. 5-ranked Emporia State (Kan.).

The decisive game of the OC-St. Mary’s series, scheduled for Monday, was cancelled due to rain in San Antonio. OC’s win Sunday over the Rattlers solidified the Lady Eagles’ hold on third place in the conference. With an 11-6 league mark, OC leads fourth-place St. Edward’s (Texas) (11-10) by four games in the loss column and trails second-place Lubbock Christian (Texas) (17-4) by two games in the loss column.

OC’s final six regular-season games will be at home, all against Heartland foes. The Lady Eagles will host Newman (Kan.) on Friday and Saturday and Texas A&M International on April 25-26. After that, OC will host the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament, tentatively set for May 8-10.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:00:00 CDT 7dad87a1-4014-47a9-9536-afcd1e873cae
4-0 week results in Eagles moving up in South Central Region baseball poll DENVER (April 14, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian is moving back up the South Central Region baseball rankings.

After a 4-0 week that included a win over NAIA power Oklahoma City University, the Eagles jumped one spot to No. 7 in the regional poll that was released Monday. The poll is conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and includes teams from the three NCAA Division II leagues that make up the region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences.

OC (24-12) was at No. 7 in the regional rankings two weeks ago before dropping a spot last week. But the Eagles rebounded, routing OCU 14-3 before sweeping Ecclesia (Ark.) in a three-game nonconference series on Friday and Saturday.

OC is one of four Heartland teams in the regional top 10, joining No. 3 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 4 St. Edward’s (Texas) and No. 6 St. Mary’s (Texas). Lubbock Christian leads the Heartland with a 21-3 league record, with St. Edward’s (15-6) in second, St. Mary’s (14-7) in third and OC (13-8) in fourth place.

West Texas A&M leads the regional poll, followed by Colorado Mesa, Lubbock Christian, St. Edward’s, Texas A&M-Kingsville, St. Mary’s, OC, New Mexico Highlands, Tarleton State (Texas) and Angelo State (Texas).

The Eagles will visit NAIA No. 12 OCU on Tuesday before hosting Lubbock Christian in a key conference series on Friday and Saturday.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:15:00 CDT 941d5726-0d4c-4f99-937a-1ca8b88d2f01
State agency honors OC men’s basketball coaches for work at juvenile facility OKLAHOMA CITY (April 14, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball coaches Dan Hays, Terril Hankins and Rob McKinzie were honored Monday by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services for their work this summer at a juvenile detention facility.

The coaches were nominated by OC alumnus Richard Yahola – a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh – for the agency’s Building Block Award. That honor is presented to employees and individuals in recognition of their contributions to improving the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities, Yahola said.

DRS Executive Director Joe Cordova presented Hays and McKinzie with the award on Monday during the agency’s monthly board meeting. Hankins was unable to attend due to a class commitment.

The COJC is a medium-security facility operated by the state Office of Juvenile Affairs. The center’s residents are between the ages of 12 and 19 and have been convicted as delinquent or as youthful offenders. Hays, Hankins and McKinzie conducted a basketball clinic at the facility in August.

“Last summer, these coaches gave of their time to provide a basketball clinic for a group of (COJC) residents who were mainly DRS clients,” Cordova said. “At the clinic, they shared the good news about making good, healthy choices and making a commitment to a life free of crime.”

Cordova noted that on multiple occasions during the just-completed basketball season, the OC coaching staff “generously invited” DRS clients and COJC staff to attend games at the Eagles’ Nest.

“The support of coach Hays and his staff’s generous work with these disadvantaged youth at the detention center is helping Oklahoma to be a better place for everyone,” Cordova said.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:30:00 CDT 4a8755e2-54ac-431f-8713-164306cd2c46
Coats’ 1-hitter, Collins’ clutch double give Lady Eagles split at No. 3 St. Mary’s SAN ANTONIO (April 13, 2014) – This year’s Oklahoma Christian softball team has proven it’s simply not intimidated by any team’s national ranking. A Sunday afternoon doubleheader at No. 3 St. Mary’s (Texas) was the latest example.

Freshman pitcher Shea Coats threw a one-hitter and Danielle Collins delivered a clutch two-run pinch-hit double in the sixth inning as OC beat St. Mary’s 3-0, dealing the Rattlers their first Heartland Conference loss this season.

St. Mary’s took the first game of the doubleheader 11-2 in five innings, clinching the regular-season conference title. The teams will play the final game of the series on Monday.

OC (29-14, 11-6 Heartland) is a respectable 3-5 this season against teams currently ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25, owning wins over No. 5 Emporia State (Kan.) and defending national champion and No. 22 Central Oklahoma in addition to the win over St. Mary’s (41-8, 16-1).

In addition to becoming the first league team to beat St. Mary’s this season, the Lady Eagles also solidified their hold on third place in the conference standings.

Coats (16-2) and St. Mary’s pitcher Maricela Bissaro (8-3) traded blanks for five innings, with Coats not allowing a hit and Bissaro allowing only one, before the Lady Eagles broke through in the top of the sixth inning.

Monique Elliott led off the inning with a single up the middle and Lauren Pittman sacrificed her to second base. Pinch-hitter Jordan Chism singled, but Elliott was thrown out at home plate trying to score. Then OC caught a break, as Kala Ratliff reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Miranda Medina. Chism went to second base on the play, then Sarah Endres re-entered the game to run for her.

Collins followed with a two-run double to right-center field, and Kendra Pierce doubled to right field, scoring Collins to make it 3-0.

Coats got into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the sixth, walking the leadoff batter then surrendering the Rattlers’ only hit, a one-out single to center field by Taylor Vidrine. But Coats retired the next two batters to end the threat, then set the Rattlers down in order in the seventh. Coats struck out five and walked two while throwing her 12th complete game of the season.

In the opener, St. Mary’s jumped on OC starter Taylor Mosher (8-6) for five runs in the second inning, then scored six more in the third off reliever Haley Squier to take an 11-0 lead. Vidrine had a two-run homer in the second and Haley Richter had a two-run double in the third for St. Mary’s.

OC scored twice in the fourth against St. Mary’s ace Emily Brittain (22-4), with Niki Davidson keying the rally with a RBI single, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t avoid the run-rule loss.

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:45:00 CDT 999f8bce-f411-44ad-ba03-b8a4fbd81c3e
OC baseball game at Oklahoma Baptist postponed due to weather SHAWNEE, Okla. (April 13, 2014) – The second baseball showdown of the season between Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma Baptist might not happen.

OC’s game at OBU that was scheduled for Monday night has been postponed due to weather, OC coach Lonny Cobble said. A round of thunderstorms rolled through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area on Sunday afternoon and Monday’s forecast called for chilly temperatures in the 40s, resulting in the decision to postpone the nonconference game.

Cobble said the game might be rescheduled, but with the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, he wasn’t sure when.

The Eagles, ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region, beat OBU – which is currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA – earlier this season in a game at OC.

OC still is scheduled to play at another local rival, Oklahoma City University, on Tuesday night.

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:15:00 CDT 62dc56ac-9a76-4f37-b30d-99dd2957641d
OC baseball players assist OSU sorority chapter with softball tournament STILLWATER, Okla. (April 13, 2014) – Seven Oklahoma Christian baseball players recently assisted an Oklahoma State University sorority chapter with an annual charity softball tournament.

OC players Matt Brown, Kacy Cook, Garrett Guys, Ryan Nash, Caleb Price, Tyler Schuman and Dylon Sturges served as umpires on April 6 for the tournament, which was conducted by OSU’s Kappa Delta Nu sorority chapter.

The annual Shamrock Softball Tournament helps raise money for causes including Wings of Hope and Prevent Child Abuse America.

This year, more than $50,000 was raised by the sorority chapter, said Kappa Delta Nu’s Erin Nash, whose brother, Ryan Nash, is a senior pitcher at OC. She said more than 500 people attended the softball tournament.

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:00:00 CDT 98df6cde-36b8-417c-84ff-e8d0046c9650
Ogletree (400 hurdles), Brown (hammer) post 2nd-place finishes at Pitt State PITTSBURG, Kan. (April 12, 2014) – Winston Ogletree and Larry Brown each posted a second-place finish and four others posted national-qualifying times on what proved to be a successful Saturday for Oklahoma Christian at the David Suneram Gorilla Classic, hosted by Pittsburg State.

Ogletree took second in a 13-man field in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a season-best time of 55.82 seconds to solidify his position in the event for the season-ending National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Brown had already qualified the NCCAA meet in the hammer and didn’t record a season-best mark on Saturday, but had an impressive outing nonetheless. His mark of 179 feet, 2 inches was his second-best of 2014 and it came on his final throw, rallying him to the runner-up finish after he entered the event finals in seventh place.

Sprinters Austin Kruzich and Jamal George both posted national-qualifying times in the 100 meters, with Kruzich finishing 14th in the 20-man field in 11.11 seconds and George 15th in 11.15 seconds. George also qualified for nationals in the 200 meters with a season-best time of 22.71 seconds, good to finish 14th among 21 runners.

OC also picked up a pair of national qualifiers in field events. Keegan Palmer’s mark of 41 feet, 8¾ inches (12.72 meters) in the triple jump advanced him to nationals, as did a discus throw of 131 feet, 7 inches (40.11 meters) by Nate Donley.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:45:00 CDT 6fb1d07b-1fb1-446c-8ba9-ac81a4f77b52
Brown, OC sprinters move up NCCAA charts at Pittsburg State meet PITTSBURG, Kan. (April 12, 2014) – Makenzie Brown improved again in the discus and three Oklahoma Christian sprinters improved on their national-qualifying times in the 200 meters on Saturday at the David Suneram Gorilla Classic, hosted by Pittsburg State.

Brown, just three weeks removed from playing for OC’s women’s basketball team, threw a season-best 134 feet, 1 inch (40.86 meters) in the discus, the fifth-best mark this season among competitors from National Christian College Athletic Association squads. The junior from Savanna finished 11th among the 21 competitors in the Pitt State meet.

The Lady Eagles also had considerable success in the 200, with Andrea Dennis, Somer Helms and Wilmina Gley all running season-best times. Dennis finished 12th in the 30-woman field in 26.04 seconds, while Helms was 17th in 26.70 seconds and Gley was 18th in 26.77 seconds.

The sprint trio also helped the Lady Eagles post a national-qualifying time in the 4x400-meter relay. Kara Drewke, Gley, Helms and Dennis teamed to post a season-best time of 4:08.09 and finish third in the five-team race.

Although OC freshman Miranda Ostlund didn’t post a season-best mark in the javelin, she did finish fourth among 19 competitors with a top throw of 123 feet, 3 inches (37.56 meters). She has already qualified for the NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the event, as has her sister, Katie Ostlund, who was 10th on Saturday with a throw of 106 feet (32.31). Katie Ostlund is the defending NCCAA champion in the javelin.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:15:00 CDT da252fd1-4904-479d-8c5a-992820741ff1
Sandoval pitches gem; Carr, Rosser homer in OC sweep of Ecclesia OKLAHOMA CITY (April 12, 2014) – Luke Sandoval complemented Oklahoma Christian’s hot hitting with a pitching gem as the Eagles rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Ecclesia (Ark.) on Saturday afternoon at Dobson Field.

Sandoval allowed only three hits in 6 2/3 innings as OC beat the Royals 5-1 in the opener and the Eagles posted their fourth straight double-digit hits game in the series finale en route to a 10-6 win.

Markus Carr and Robert Rosser homed during the doubleheader for OC (24-12), which also beat Ecclesia (23-20) on Friday night. OC, ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region, will take a four-game winning streak into a showdown Monday at NAIA No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Baptist. OC downed the Bison earlier this season.

After that comes another rivalry game Tuesday at Oklahoma City University before a key Heartland Conference series at home against league-leading Lubbock Christian (Texas).

“Hopefully we’ll continue to play hot,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “We have a huge week in front of us, with OCU, OBU and Lubbock – probably our toughest test so far, our toughest week so far. It doesn’t get any easier the week after that, with St. Mary’s (Texas). … We’re looking forward to the next three weeks to finish up a good season and hopefully finish strong.”

In the opener against Ecclesia, Sandoval (2-1) put together arguably his finest outing during his three seasons at OC. Through six innings, the junior right-hander from Weatherford had allowed just one hit and he picked that runner, Eckersley Villasmil, off second base, meaning he’d faced the minimum 18 batters to that point.

He ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing a leadoff single to Shane Pepper. Sandoval recorded two quick outs, but Villasmil ended his shutout with a run-scoring double and Guy Halbert walked. Dillon Endecott relieved Sandoval and threw one pitch – coaxing a groundout from Osvaldo Rosas – to end the game and record his sixth save of the baseball season.

“Luke did a really good job,” Cobble said. “He’s coming off that injury and now he’s back to full strength. We really need him to step up and finish out the year on a positive note for us. He’s really took a big leap toward doing that today. … Through four innings, he had thrown only 32 pitches, so he was being real effective with what he was doing.”

Garrett Stephenson had a pair of RBIs and Carr contributed a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the third inning off Ecclesia starter Justin Southerland, providing all of the offense Sandoval needed. The Eagles finished with 11 hits.

Cobble went with a lineup of mostly reserves in the second game, but the Eagles didn’t miss a beat offensively.

After Ecclesia took a 1-0 lead, Rosser started off a two-run first inning for OC with a double. Ecclesia tied the game at 2-2 in the second against OC starter Kacy Cook, but the Eagles answered again in the bottom of the inning, with Cody Rosecrans keying a two-run outburst with a double off Ecclesia starter Gerry Sifuentes.

A solo home run by Alec Naifeh off OC reliever Tyler Schuman pulled the Royals within 4-3 in the top of the fourth, but OC responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning, including a leadoff home run by Rosser over the center-field fence. Jackson Matthews later added a two-run double down the left-field line and Kolton Brown followed with another double before scoring on Chandler Allen’s sacrifice fly.

That made it 9-3 and the Eagles weren’t seriously threatened after that. Reliever Dylon Sturges (2-2) was credited with the pitching win for OC after throwing a scoreless fifth inning.

Rosser and Blake Stringer had three hits each for OC while Zac Cobble and Rosecrans had two apiece. Those four, at the top of the OC batting order, combined to go 10-for-14 as the Eagles finished with 12 hits.

“That’s a lot of fun, getting to see some of the young guys get in,” Cobble said. “Let them start a game and let them get their feet really wet. I thought it was good for those guys. Plus, it keeps them motivated and keeps them kind of energized. We wanted to see those guys get to play, because they’ve worked hard all year and they deserve to get to play some.”

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:15:00 CDT 1aac001a-02bd-489a-a271-feac13b0a448
Running at Wichita State, Eagles pick up 4 more qualifiers for national meet WICHITA, Kan. (April 11, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Bryant Keirns, Kyle Broaddrick and Roberto Diaz all qualified for nationals in the 1,500 meters and Timothy Zuercher did the same in the 10,000 meters on Friday night at the K.T. Woodman Classic, hosted by Wichita State at Cessna Stadium.

In the 1,500 meters, four Eagles finished beneath the qualifying standard for the National Christian College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Brayden Barrientez, who had already qualified for nationals in the event, finished 14th in the 93-man field with a time of 4:01.50.

After Barrientez came three other qualifiers, in quick succession – Keirns, in 19th place in 4:03.89; Broaddrick, in 20th place in 4:03.96; and Diaz, in 35th place in 4:07.39, just under the qualifying standard of 4:08. Another OC runner, Brennym Kaelin, just missed qualifying, finishing in 42nd place in 4:08.55.

Two other OC runners, Blake Thompson (4:29.56) and Nate Giles (4:29.85) also ran in the 1,500.

In the 10,000, Zuercher was 11th in a 27-man field in a time of 33:18.34, almost a minute under the NCCAA qualifying standard. His time was the 10th-best this season by a runner at a NCCAA school.

Two OC runners competed in the 5,000 meters but didn’t qualify for nationals. Evan Durrill was 30th among 56 runners, finishing in 16:26.99, while Thompson was 49th in 17:26.57.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:45:00 CDT 993425ce-4506-4434-b011-6eb9e59b642f