The Edmond Sun

June 26, 2013

Hawkins now pitching in Indiana

Three Stars sign with Evansville of Frontier League


Special to The Sun

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Ryan Gibson, Patrick Goelz and Chris Munoz from Oklahoma City University have turned professional with the Evansville (Ind.) Otters of the Frontier League.

The Otters signed those three plus OCU assistant coach Rich Hawkins in June. Hawkins was a left-handed pitcher at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Gibson, a left-handed pitcher from Yukon, went 5-2 with a 2.85 earned run average with 65 strikeouts in 60 innings with a complete-game shutout as a senior for the Stars. Gibson struck out a season-high 10 against Rogers State on April 28 at Jim Wade Stadium. Gibson finished his two-year OCU career with a 9-2 record, 2.37 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 98.2 innings pitched.

Goelz, a right-handed thrower from Palm Bay, Fla., was 4-2 with a 4.82 ERA, three saves and 48 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched as a senior at Oklahoma City. He fanned a season-high eight against Benedictine (Kan.) on Feb. 10 at Jim Wade Stadium. Goelz completed his two-year Stars career going 6-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 11 saves and 90 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.

Hawkins, a lefty from Edmond, first turned pro last year with the Winnipeg Walleyes of the American Association. Hawkins was 22-7 with a 2.01 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 192.1 innings as a Star.

Munoz, a third baseman from Hacienda Heights, Calif., hit .318 with 17 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 39 RBIs and 14 stolen bases as a senior in 2013. Munoz posted a career .356 average with 36 doubles, eight triples, 20 homers, 83 RBIs and 27 steals with OCU.

The Stars went 49-13, won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championship and hosted the NAIA Championship Opening Round Oklahoma City Bracket this year. Five Stars turned pro off the 2013 team, including Cody Crabaugh of Edmond and Chase Jensen, who were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Crabaugh played high school baseball at Edmond North.

OCU has produced 126 professional baseball players, including 65 draftees. OCU has won more games than any other college baseball program since 1991 with 1,167.