Lopez becomes 3rd OC player this season to win Heartland hitter of week award

OC junior outfielder Jordan Lopez has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.
OC junior outfielder Jordan Lopez has been named as the Heartland Conference's hitter of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 5, 2014) – Jordan Lopez is officially back to form, something the Heartland Conference now has officially recognized.

The NCAA Division II conference honored the junior outfielder from Edmond on Monday, naming him as the league’s hitter of the week after he led Oklahoma Christian (32-15) to a 4-0 week, with a win over regionally ranked Central Oklahoma and a three-game road sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State.

Lopez, who missed several weeks due to injury before returning to the lineup in mid-April, batted .667 (10-for-15) during the four games with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs, along with a 1.000 slugging percentage. He had at least two hits and two RBIs in every game and had a particularly strong outing in a 14-3 win over Panhandle State, reaching base in all four plate appearances and hitting a home run and a double.

The strong week at the plate bumped up Lopez’s season batting average to .385, tops on the team and third-best in the conference. The series sweep of Panhandle State clinched an outright third-place finish in the Heartland's regular-season standings for the Eagles, who have recorded 30 or more wins for only the seventh time in the program's history.

Lopez became the third OC player to win the Heartland’s weekly hitting award this season, joining Cory Eastwood and Caden Cleveland.

While it’s the first time Lopez has received the Heartland’s weekly honor, he was named once last season as the National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week, after earning most valuable player honors in the NCCAA Central Region tournament.

Lopez and the Eagles will try to repeat as regional champions starting on Tuesday, as they’re hosting the 10-team, double-elimination tournament. Top-seeded OC will face either Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.) or Hillsdale Baptist at 7 p.m. Tuesday.