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Eastwood named as Heartland Conference baseball’s hitter of the week

OC second baseman Cory Eastwood has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.
OC second baseman Cory Eastwood has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 24, 2014) – Cory Eastwood is starting to heat up and Heartland Conference foes are starting to take notice.

On Monday, Eastwood became the first OC player this season to capture a weekly conference baseball honor, being named as the NCAA Division II Heartland’s hitter of the week for his performance in a win over NAIA power Oklahoma Baptist and a three-game sweep at Rogers State.

The senior second baseman from Fort Worth, Texas, -- a preseason All-South Central Region second-team selection – entered the week hitting under .200 and with only nine RBIs on the season, but put together what was by far his best stretch of the season. In the four games, he hit .583 with a double, a triple, seven RBIs, an .833 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage.

He went 3-for-4 with a key RBI triple in a 7-6 win over an Oklahoma Baptist team that was 23-1 entering the game and is among the NAIA's elite.

He had three RBIs as OC rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to win at Rogers State 11-5 in the series opener, then kept up his hot hitting as the Eagles completed the series sweep with 10-1 and 11-1 wins, continually finding ways to get on base or move runners up. He had a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly during the series.

Eastwood also played errorless defense at second base.

He is the third OC player to be named as the Heartland hitter of the week, joining Blake Stringer and Dillon Andrews, who each received the honor once last season.