Oklahoma Christian Baseball is heating up at the right time. After getting swept by West Texas A&M on March 21, the Eagles rattled off eight straight wins. The team has climbed all to third in the conference, taking two of three games from Arkansas Fort-Smith this past weekend and winning 15 of their last 17 games.
Head Coach Lonny Cobble said he is happy with the way his team is playing.
“We are playing how we know we can,” Cobble said. “We are starting to put it all together, something we struggled with early on this season.”
The Eagles got off to a bit of a rough start in their 2021 campaign. They lost two out of their first three games and then had an entire series against Angelo State cancelled due to weather.
“It took a while for us to really get rolling,” Cobble said. “But ever since that West Texas (A&M) series, we figured out how to play a complete game.”
Oklahoma Christian currently ranks third in the Lone Star Conference which would grant them home field advantage in the first round of the conference tournament.
“Obviously making and winning the conference tournament was our goal to begin the season,” Cobble said. “We still have one series left against a good team, so we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.”
Junior infielder Kevin Collyar agreed with his coach and said he is not getting ahead of himself too quickly.
“We like where we are at and the way we are playing,” Collyar said. “We need to stay focused on the tasks at hand and our attention will turn to the playoffs when we get there.”
The team’s recent success is attributed to outstanding offense. The Eagles currently have the third best offense in the conference with a team average of .317. They are also leading the conference in home runs with 61, the next closest being University of Texas Permian Basin and University of Texas at Tyler who both are tied with 32.
“We knew what this lineup was capable of,” Collyar said. “From top to bottom our lineup can hit anyone in the country.”
Coach Cobble also said hitting is the team’s best feature.
“It is definitely our strong suit and we have been hitting well all year,” Cobble said. “Once our defense and pitching came around is when we started winning like we knew we could.”
The Eagles’ pitching and fielding both currently rank bottom five in the Lone Star, but they have improved as of late.
“Defense has started to play better and making less mental mistakes which makes us a very dangerous team,” Collyar said.
“I’ve always said, if we can put everything together we can be a really good team with the ability to beat anyone in the country,” Cobble said. “I’m excited to see what this team can do.”
The Eagles have a weekend off before looking to ride their hot streak and take on Lubbock Christian University on May 7. This is their last series before the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament, which is set to begin May 12.