Third-ranked Oklahoma City University advanced to the NAIA World Series for the fifth consecutive year Monday, beating Sterling (Kan.) 3-0 in an Opening Round regional championship baseball game at Jim Wade Stadium. OCU (47-10) will play World Series host Lewis-Clark State (41-12) at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the first round in Lewiston, Idaho.
Rogers State (45-14) also advanced to the World Series by winning a regional in Hutchinson, Kan. The Hillcats will play South Carolina-Beaufort (40-14) at noon May 25.
OCU, which lost to Sterling (45-14) earlier in the Opening Round tournament, blanked the Warriors in a Sunday semifinal. On Monday, pitchers Blake Schwartz, Davis Henderson and Patrick Goelz, baffled Sterling batters. Schwartz struck out seven, then Henderson and Goelz struck out three apiece. Schwartz improved to 11-3, while Goelz bagged his eighth save.
OBU HIRES LACROSSE COACH
Oklahoma Baptist University hired Katy Mohr as its first lacrosse coach in school history. Mohr spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Aquinas College (Mich.). The Saints were 56-9 during Mohr's tenure.
The NAIA school in Shawnee has added lacrosse, swimming and football to its varsity sports. The swim program is already a national power. Football has started signing players for its first season, in the fall of 2013. Lacrosse will start in the spring of 2013.
*Oklahoma freshman Lauren Chamberlain was named Monday as Big 12 Softball Player of the Week for a league-record third time this season. Chamberlain homered three times during the Sooners' series sweep at Iowa State; she set the Big 12 single-season record for homers at 25.