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OBU Bisons top NCCAA in baseball & general athletics
OBU Bisons baseball workforce
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SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) — Oklahoma Baptist University claimed its second walk-off World Series baseball championship within the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association in as many seasons with 7-6 victory over Campbellsville University in Mason, Ohio.
OBU, additionally for the second consecutive yr, has acquired the all-sports Presidential Award from the NCCAA, encompassing 100-plus Christian universities, schools and Bible faculties throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In the NCCAA title recreation towards Campbellsville University, Bison left fielder Josh Timms lifted a one-out fly ball to left-center, with second baseman Kevin Olmeda’s slide at residence finishing a game-winning sacrifice fly within the 10th inning, rallying from a 6-2 deficit after 5 innings.
Senior pitcher Tyler Gibson recorded six innings of aid to notch the win May 27.
Head coach Bobby Cox subsequently was named the NCCAA’s Baseball Coach of the Year for main the Bisons to a 42-15 document and a 19-game win streak to shut the season. An OBU alumnus and 1996 inductee into its Hall of Fame, Cox has led the Bisons for 32 seasons, with 1,260 wins and no dropping seasons, and coached 22 Major League draftees.
Senior pitcher Jinny Parra, from the Dominican Republic, was named to the NCCAA All-American First Team, posting an Eight-Three report with a 2.80 earned run common, hanging out 86 batters in 83.2 innings. Three different OBU gamers have been named to the Second Team.
OBU gained final yr’s NCCAA World Series on a grand slam by outfielder/designated hitter Hunter Heath within the ninth inning with two outs to top Bethesda University.
To garner the NCCAA Presidential Award, OBU claimed eight nationwide championships after getting into February with none. The Bison and Lady Bison turned the primary to comb all NCCAA spring sports activities championships.
Dallas Baptist University completed second for the Presidential Award, named on June 1, adopted by Campbellsville at third.
The Bison and Lady Bison indoor monitor and subject groups claimed OBU’s first nationwide championships of the yr, adopted by the lads’s and women’s tennis groups with good postseasons for his or her first nationwide titles. After the lads’s and women’s outside monitor workforce gained their respective championships, Bison softball gained its first NCCAA crown, going 6-Zero within the postseason, and the Bison baseball group scored its World Series win.
In the autumn, OBU positioned second in women’s cross nation and women’s soccer, third in women’s golf, reached the semifinals in males’s soccer and volleyball, positioned fourth in males’s cross nation and seventh in males’s golf.
OBU is within the midst of a two-year membership interval earlier than becoming a member of the NCAA.
CBU’s Mihalko named PacWest top female athlete
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) — Cassidy Mihalko, senior guard for California Baptist University’s women’s basketball workforce, has been named CBU’s first-ever PacWest Female Athlete of the Year.
Mihalko joined CBU baseball’s Zach Esquerra — the 2012-2013 PacWest Male Athlete of the Year — as the one different Lancer to earn the distinction within the 14-member NCAA Division II convention. The June 21 honor adopted an epic season through which Mihalko was named PacWest Player of the Year, serving to lead the Lancers to a 35-Three document and a 20-win undefeated convention schedule.
Mihalko turned the PacWest’s all-time main scorer with 2,231 profession factors throughout her Lancer profession.
In the classroom, Mihalko additionally was named the Academic All-American of the Year in D-II women’s basketball by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
There was extra, as Mihalko earned two All-America first-team awards from the Division II Collegiate Commissioner’s Association and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and added all-tournament honors within the PacWest Tournament.
This previous season, Mihalko led CBU in factors, rebounds and steals per recreation at 19.Eight, 7.Eight and a couple of.13, respectively, and posted 12 double-doubles. Overall, she ranked second in Division II in subject objectives made (271), 13th in factors per recreation, 22nd in subject objective proportion (54.5), 26th in steals (79), 30th in free-throw proportion (85.7) and 35th in rebounds (290).
No. Three-ranked CBU misplaced within the NCAA Division II semifinal recreation to No. 18 Virginia Union, 86-81, March 22 in Columbus, Ohio.
In May, CBU gained the 2016-2017 PacWest Commissioner’s Cup — its fourth consecutive and fifth within the final six years within the convention’s 14-sport format.
CBU gained 5 PacWest Championships in 2016-2017 — males’s cross nation, women’s cross nation, women’s basketball, women’s golf and softball, whereas ending second in women’s soccer, volleyball, males’s basketball and males’s golf. Azusa Pacific got here in second for the fourth yr.
Ouachita’s Ark. Baptist collection earns nationwide award
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) — The Arkansas Baptist History Collection of Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library has been honored with the Baptist History and Heritage Society’s 2017 Davis C. Woolley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Assessing and Preserving Baptist History.
The nationwide award honors the work of Ouachita professor and archivist Wendy Richter and her employees who coordinated the particular collections venture. The award was introduced in the course of the Baptist History and Heritage Society’s June 1-Three annual convention in Augusta, Ga.
“It is indeed an honor to be recognized at the national level for our work to preserve and make available this part of our Arkansas Baptist heritage,” Richter stated.
Ray Granade, director of library providers and professor of historical past at Ouachita, stated the award honors the continued partnership of Ouachita and Riley-Hickingbotham Library with Arkansas Baptists, reflecting “our longstanding efforts to support the convention, its churches and its membership in maintaining awareness of and information to explain their history.”
Taffey Hall, director and archivist of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, famous that the Ouachita collection is of particular curiosity for digitizing and making out there the pre-1920 affiliation annuals and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention annuals from 1848-1900. Hall stated the awards committee affirmed that “these projects are rich resources for students of Arkansas Baptist history.”
Davis C. Woolley served because the second government secretary-treasurer of the previous Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1959 to 1971. In his honor, the fee established the Davis C. Woolley Award in 1991 to encourage creativity and excellence in state Baptist historical past packages, together with all organizations concerned in assessing and preserving Baptist historical past.
For extra details about Riley-Hickingbotham Library, go to www.obu.edu/library or name 870-245-5120.