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.
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