MASON, Ohio (May 15, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian relief pitcher Chris Burgess has been named to the National Christian College Athletic Association All-America baseball team.
Burgess, who has shined as OC’s closer this spring after transferring from Oklahoma, received the recognition before the start of the NCCAA World Series, which began Wednesday in Mason, Ohio. He earlier was named as the NCCAA Central Region pitcher of the year.
Burgess, a senior from West Chicago, Ill., became the 11th All-America selection in OC baseball history and the first since Manny Bones received honorable mention on the NAIA All-America list in 2000.
He is only the fourth first-team All-American in the program’s history, joining Morris Karnes (1972), Ken Hope (1976) and Mark Jackson (1990), who all received their honors when OC was a member of the NAIA.
Burgess played a key role as the Eagles qualified for a national tournament for the first time in 41 years. OC entered the NCCAA World Series with a 25-23 record and Burgess had a hand in 15 of those wins, going 6-0 with a school-record nine saves.
With a 1.23 ERA, he’s on pace to post the third-best total in OC history in that statistical category. He also has 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. He has allowed only one extra-base hit all season and opponents are hitting .169 against him.
In addition to the NCCAA All-America and Central Region honors, Burgess also made the All-Heartland Conference second-team honor list.