Oklahoma scene: No. 7 Seminole State baseball team ineligible for postseason

Coaches violate NJCAA rule by failing to report team statistics; appeal by Seminole State denied
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 4, 2012
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The Seminole State baseball team, ranked the No. 7 in the country, will miss postseason play after the school failed to report player statistics as required by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The NJCAA requires schools to report individual and team statistics for at least 80 percent of their completed games.

Seminole State found out this week its statistics were not updated and was summarily disqualified from the Region II playoffs, which start Thursday in Jenks. Because the Trojans are ineligible for the Region II playoffs, they are also ineligible for the World Series, which starts later this month in Grand Junction, Colo.

Seminole State filed an appeal but was denied Thursday. Seminole State president Jim Utterback said two baseball coaches have been disciplined for failure to update statistics. According to the school's athletic website, the Trojans continued a regular-season-ending series Friday at Rose State in Midwest City with a 38-12 record.

“While we believe that the sanction to prohibit us from competing in postseason play is extremely harsh for simply not posting stats, which were available elsewhere, the rule is clear,” Utterback said in a news release. “We apologize to our players, their families and our community supporters. We are deeply disappointed and regret this violation.”

BRONCHOS WIN OPENER

Central Oklahoma's No. 2-ranked softball team won its opener Friday at the NCAA Division II South Central Region II Tournament, beating Incarnate Word (Texas) 3-1 at Edmond North High School. UCO (40-5) managed just five hits while playing without its second-leading home run hitter, Kacie Edwards. She recently suffered a season-ending knee injury.

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