Oklahoma City University first baseman Miguel Beltran was named on Monday as Sooner Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year. The senior from Long Beach, Calif., leads college baseball with 24 home runs and ranks among the NAIA's top-10 in total bases (158) and RBIs (67). Beltran is batting .397 with 13 doubles. He was also a Gold Glove selection with a .995 fielding percentage.
The No. 3-ranked Stars will host an NAIA Championships Opening Round regional from Thursday through Monday at Jim Wade Stadium on the OCU campus. OCU (43-9) will play 6 p.m. Thursday against the winner of an 11 a.m. game between Mount Mary, S.D. (26-26) and York, Neb. (39-17). The other first-round game, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, is between Lubbock Christian (33-20) and Sterling, Kan. (43-12).
Tickets are available at the ballpark for $8 (adults) and $5 (kids ages 12 and under).
*Oklahoma Baptist, which won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament championship over the weekend, has been assigned to an NAIA Championships Opening Round regional in Hutchinson, Kan. The Bison (46-12) is the top seed in a tournament that includes Tabor, Kan. (41-13); Judson, Ill. (46-12); Dakota State, S.D. (28-26); and the Sooner Conference's Rogers State (41-14).
OBU will play the Tabor-Dakota State game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Opening Round regional champions will advance to the NAIA World Series, scheduled May 25-June 1 in Lewiston, Idaho.
HEANEY HONORED AGAIN
Andrew Heaney of Oklahoma State was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. The former Putnam City High School standout threw a complete game Friday in leading the Cowboys to a 3-0 victory over Oklahoma in Tulsa. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven. The junior lefty retired the Sooners in order in the first, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Heaney is 7-1 with a 1.65 earned run average.
RED RAIDERS DROP OSU
Kat Espinosa of Oklahoma State pitched a decent game Monday, but one earned run was the difference as No. 24-ranked Texas Tech trimmed the Cowgirls 2-1 in a Big 12 softball game in Lubbock. Espinosa allowed three hits and three walks. Texas Tech (40-15 overall, 13-10 Big 12) scored a run each in the first and second innings with the help of a wild pitch and error, respectively. Oklahoma State (25-23, 8-13) scored in the fifth inning on Chelsea Garcia's RBI grounder. The Cowgirls begin a three-game Big 12 series at 6 p.m. Friday vs. Missouri in Columbia.
SULLIVAN WINS BASS TOURNAMENT
Casey Sullivan of Vian won a Walmart Bass Fishing League event over the weekend at Fort Gibson Lake. The Okie Division contest was worth $3,756 to Sullivan, who weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Bob Noble of Nowata finished second (17-6), and Blake Ellison of Inola was third (15-9). The next Okie Division event is scheduled July 21 on the Arkansas River in Muskogee.
SMITH WINS OCRS EVENT
Tulsa resident Danny Smith won an A feature for the first time in almost two years Saturday, taking the lead with six laps remaining in an Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car race at Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville. Smith, who spent parts of the last two seasons recovering from on- and off-track injuries, posted his first OCRS victory in the last 29 events. The next OCRS event is Saturday at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada.