EL DORADO, Kan. (July 7, 2014) – Brennan Walker, a standout pitcher the past two years at Butler (Kan.) Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Monday.
Walker, a right-hander who attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City before beginning his collegiate career at Butler, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman, Butler went 3-0 with one save and a 6.95 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, all in relief. He moved into the Grizzlies’ starting rotation this past spring, finishing 6-5 with a 4.89 ERA and 47 strikeouts. Walker led Butler with 73 2/3 innings pitched as the Grizzlies went 36-23.
“We’re planning on having him come in and help us right away, because he’s had experience at junior college’s highest level,” Cobble said. “He will be a leader on the pitching staff.”
He will join an OC signing class that also includes Ryan Ward of North Richland Hills, Texas; Ben McKenzie of Dallas, a transfer from Frank Phillips College (Texas); Jordan Jones of Henderson, Colo.; Josh Garbrecht of Edmond and Carson James of Oklahoma City (who, like Walker, attended Putnam City North).
That group will join an OC program that’s on the rise as the university goes through the NCAA Division II membership process. The Eagles have won the last two National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region titles, qualifying for the NCCAA World Series both years for the program’s first national-tournament appearances since 1972.
Last season, OC finished 38-17-1, setting a program record for wins in a season. The Eagles were third in the final regular-season standings in the Division II Heartland Conference and finished the regular season sixth in the Division II South Central Region rankings – good enough to qualify for them for the Division II postseason, had they been eligible.