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OC baseball picks up vote in regional rankings

OC baseball coach Lonny Cobble has guided his team to a 3-3 start this season.
OC baseball coach Lonny Cobble has guided his team to a 3-3 start this season.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 18, 2013) – It’s just a marker along the road to improvement for Oklahoma Christian’s baseball team, but it could be an important one.

The newest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division II South Central Region poll was released Monday and OC (3-3) picked up a vote – only the fourth time the Eagles have received votes in any national or regional ranking since the restoration of the OC program in 2008. The Eagles picked up a single vote in the NAIA polls of April 19, April 26 and May 3, 2011.

OC finished 14th overall in this week's regional balloting. The South Central Region includes teams from the Heartland Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Lone Star Conference.

Among Heartland teams, St. Mary’s (Texas) was No. 1 in the region, St. Edward’s (Texas) was No. 3 and Texas A&M International was No. 10, while Arkansas-Fort Smith and OC received votes.

Under new coach Lonny Cobble, the Eagles nearly took down then-national No. 1 St. Mary’s on the road in the second game of the season before falling 3-2 in 11 innings. This past weekend, the Eagles won two of three games at Texas A&M-Kingsville, a team that was receiving votes in national polls. TAMUK (8-3) was sixth in the current regional poll.

OC will play Tuesday at Texas A&M International before playing its home opener at Dobson Field on Thursday against St. Gregory’s.