Stringer, Endecott earn 1st-team All-South Central Region baseball honors
DENVER (May 15, 2014) – A successful baseball campaign by Oklahoma Christian in the Heartland Conference resulted in a trio of Eagles earning NCAA Division II regional honors.
First baseman Blake Stringer and relief pitcher Dillon Endecott were named to the first-team list on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-South Central Region honor teams, which were announced Thursday.
OC outfielder Jordan Lopez was a second-team pick on the squads, which honor players from the three Division II leagues that make up the South Central Region – the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences.
Endecott, Stringer and Lopez helped the Eagles finish third in the Heartland during the regular season. OC entered this week’s National Christian College Athletic Association World Series at 37-15, having set a school record for wins in a season.
Stringer, a senior from Blanchard, entered this week’s tournament hitting 395 for OC with six home runs and 57 RBIs. He also had 19 doubles and four triples, giving him a slugging percentage of .620 to go with an on-base percentage of .446. He has stolen 15 bases in 20 attempts this season.
Endecott, a junior right-hander from McLoud, developed into a feared closer, finishing 0-1 with 13 saves, setting OC’s single-season and career marks in that category. He carried a 1.54 ERA into the NCCAA World Series, along with 28 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Lopez, a junior from Edmond, overcame a mid-season injury to hit. 368 with five home runs and 40 RBIs. He added 11 doubles and four triples, which helped build a .618 slugging percentage.
All three players earlier had received first-team All-Heartland Conference honors. Endecott also was a second-team All-NCCAA Central Region selection, while Stringer received honorable mention on that list.