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7 OC baseball players qualify for NCCAA Scholar-Athlete status

OC senior Heath Steele leads the pregame prayer before the Eagles' game Friday against Southeastern (Fla.) in the NCCAA World Series. Steele was one of seven OC baseball players to earn NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors.
OC senior Heath Steele leads the pregame prayer before the Eagles' game Friday against Southeastern (Fla.) in the NCCAA World Series. Steele was one of seven OC baseball players to earn NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors.

MASON, Ohio (May 18, 2013) – Seven Oklahoma Christian baseball players have qualified for National Christian College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete status.

The NCCAA announced the honor list during the NCCAA World Series, which ended Saturday. To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be at least a junior academically and have a grade-point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Ryan Nash, a junior pitcher from Oklahoma City who is a senior academically, led the Eagles with a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering.

Caden Cleveland, a sophomore catcher from Oklahoma City who is a junior academically, has a 3.69 GPA in finance. Another finance major, Jordan Lopez of Edmond, has a 3.47 GPA. Lopez, an outfielder, just finished his sophomore season but is a junior academically.

Caleb Price, a junior outfielder from Oklahoma City, has a 3.47 GPA in communications/design. Senior outfielder Heath Steele of Flower Mound, Texas, has a 3.84 GPA in history/pre-law.

Brothers Garrett Stephenson and Jacob Stephenson of Celina, Texas, also made the list. Garrett Stephenson, a junior shortstop, has a 3.57 GPA in journalism. Jacob Stephenson, a sophomore pitcher who is a junior academically, has a 3.41 GPA in sports/wellness/recreation management.