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Despite series win at St. Mary’s, OC stays at No. 7 in regional poll

Senior catcher Cameron Keener and the OC Eagles remained at No. 7 in this week's South Central Region baseball poll.
Senior catcher Cameron Keener and the OC Eagles remained at No. 7 in this week's South Central Region baseball poll.

DENVER (April 28, 2014) – One of Oklahoma Christian’s biggest series wins in years didn’t change the order in this week’s South Central Region baseball rankings, which were released Monday.

OC (28-15) remained at No. 7 in the rankings, despite winning two of three games at regional No. 6 St. Mary’s (Texas) over the weekend. OC ended up being tied for seventh – unlike last week – with New Mexico Highlands, who moved up a spot. St. Mary’s (31-16) remained sixth.

The poll by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association consists of teams from the three leagues that make up the NCAA Division II region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences. Each conference has sports information directors from three member schools who vote in the poll.

OC has been at No. 7 in the regional poll for the last three weeks. Last week, the Eagles beat St. Mary’s 8-3 in the series opener, dropped the second game 2-0 and won the finale 7-5.

Besides OC and St. Mary’s, two other Heartland teams were in the regional poll – Lubbock Christian (Texas) at No. 2 and St. Edward’s (Texas) at No. 4. In the conference standings, Lubbock Christian leads with a 23-4 mark, followed by St. Edward’s (21-6), St. Mary’s (17-10) and OC (16-11).

The regional top 10 consisted of Colorado Mesa, Lubbock Christian, Texas A&M-Kingsville, St. Edward’s, West Texas A&M, St. Mary’s, OC and New Mexico Highlands, Tarleton State (Texas) and Colorado Mines.

OC will close the regular season this week with four games, hosting Central Oklahoma on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., then visiting conference rival Oklahoma Panhandle State for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday.

After that, the Eagles will host the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament, which is tentatively scheduled to start on May 6.