Special to The Sun
MASON, Ohio —
Southeastern, Fla. eliminated Oklahoma Christian 4-0 om the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series in Mason, Ohio today to advance to the tournament semifinals, while OC closes at 26-26.
OC would have advanced to the semifinals with a win, but completed a terrific turnaround from an 8-34 season in 2012. The Eagles made only the second national-tournament appearance in the program's history, with the other coming in 1972, when OC finished third in the NAIA World Series.
The Eagles managed only six hits against Southeastern pitcher Grant Porter, who retired the first 10 batters he faced and went the distance for the Fire.
Southeastern (38-28) picked up a pair of runs in the first, one on a solo home run by Daniel Mims, and two more in the third off OC starter Luke Sandoval (5-2). OC reliever Tyler Schuman pitched four innings of scoreless relief and combined with Jacob Stephenson to shut down Southeastern the rest of the way.
OC used singles by Cory Eastwood and Dillon Andrews and an error to load the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Garrett Guys struck out looking to end the threat. Jerry Owen and Evan Draper both singled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Caleb Price grounded out to second base to end the inning and the game.
The Eagles now await the Major League Baseball draft. OC has a handful of draft prospects, including senior pitcher Chris Burgess (7-0, 9 saves, 1.54 ERA) and Andrews, a senior outfielder who hit .390.
In Wednesday’s contest in a 7-3 setback to Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Eagle Jordan Lopez popped a 2-run home run. Before the game, he was named the NCCAA baseball student-athlete of the week. Lopez is an Edmond Santa Fe High School grad.