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Eagles at No. 6 in final regular-season South Central Region baseball poll

A.J. Florence and the OC Eagles are up to No. 6 in the South Central Region baseball rankings.
A.J. Florence and the OC Eagles are up to No. 6 in the South Central Region baseball rankings.

DENVER (May 5, 2014) – A perfect week that included another Heartland Conference series sweep propelled Oklahoma Christian up one spot to No. 6 in this week’s South Central Region baseball poll, which was released Monday.

OC (32-15) moved ahead of conference rival St. Mary’s (Texas) – a squad it beat twice in three attempts a week earlier – in the final ranking of the season. Last week, the Eagles beat Central Oklahoma – a team ranked in the Central Region poll – before sweeping Oklahoma Panhandle State on the road to end the regular season. It was the Eagles’ fourth conference series sweep of the season.

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’s No. 6 regional ranking is its highest of the season and could put the Eagles in position to perhaps earn votes in the NCBWA’s national poll, which will be released Tuesday. OC received 45 points in the regional voting, just one less than fifth-place West Texas A&M.

Three other Heartland teams made the regional top 10 – No. 2 Lubbock Christian (Texas), who finished atop the conference’s regular-season standings; No. 4 St. Edward’s (Texas) and No. 7 St. Mary’s.

The top 10 in order was Colorado Mesa, Lubbock Christian, Texas A&M-Kingsville, St. Edward’s, West Texas A&M, OC, St. Mary’s, New Mexico Highlands, Tarleton State (Texas) and Colorado State-Pueblo.

OC, in the second year of the NCAA Division II membership process, is not eligible for the Heartland Conference tournament or NCAA postseason play. The Eagles will begin play in the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against either Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.) or Hillsdale Baptist at Dobson Field.