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Eagles hold steady at No. 7 in South Central Region baseball rankings

Senior catcher Cameron Keener throws the ball back to the mound during a game on Friday against McMurry (Texas). Keener and the OC Eagles remained at No. 7 in this week's South Central Region rankings.
Senior catcher Cameron Keener throws the ball back to the mound during a game on Friday against McMurry (Texas). Keener and the OC Eagles remained at No. 7 in this week's South Central Region rankings.

DENVER (March 31, 2014) – After a 3-1 week, Oklahoma Christian remained at No. 7 in the latest South Central Region baseball poll, which was released Monday.

OC (18-9) received 38 points in the balloting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, six more than last week. The poll includes teams from the three NCAA Division II leagues that make up the region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences.

The Eagles beat Southern Nazarene 3-2 last Tuesday, then won two of three games from Heartland rival McMurry (Texas) on Friday and Saturday. OC is tied for second in the Heartland standings with St. Mary’s (Texas) and St. Edward’s (Texas), with Lubbock Christian (Texas) atop the league.

Lubbock Christian, which took two of three games from St. Mary’s last week, was the highest-ranked Heartland team in the regional poll at No. 3. St. Mary’s was No. 4 and St. Edward’s was No. 5.

West Texas A&M leads the regional top 10, followed by Colorado Mesa, Lubbock Christian, St. Mary’s, St. Edward’s, Texas A&M-Kingsville, OC, Angelo State (Texas), Tarleton State (Texas) and Colorado State-Pueblo.

Three other Heartland teams receive a vote in the poll – Arkansas-Fort Smith, Newman (Kan.) and Texas-Permian Basin.

OC will play at Division II No. 17-ranked Arkansas Tech on Monday, then will visit East Central on Tuesday before returning home to host Newman in a conference series on Friday and Saturday.