Lady Eagles rise to No. 8 in NCCAA softball rankings

Jordan Chism and the Lady Eagles are up one spot this week to No. 8 in the NCCAA rankings.
Jordan Chism and the Lady Eagles are up one spot this week to No. 8 in the NCCAA rankings.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 9, 2014) – In the midst of a stretch of sustained success, the Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagles moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s National Christian College Athletic Association softball rankings.

The NCCAA rankings are based on the Burbridge Power Rating, a formula used by the national organization to seed regional and national tournaments. OC (28-13) has seen its Burbridge rating rise from 5.208 three weeks ago to 5.308 entering this week.

OC has won 15 of its past 17 games, a run that included a doubleheader split last week with defending NCAA Division II champion Central Oklahoma. The Lady Eagles’ doubleheader sweep of Cameron on Tuesday wasn’t included in the most recent Burbridge rating calculations.

Despite moving up in the national rankings, OC did fall a spot in the region rankings this week, as Central Baptist (Ark.) zoomed from No. 10 in the national rankings to No. 3. Central Baptist beat OC in last year’s regional title game. OC will host this year’s regional tournament, set for May 8-10.

The national top 10 was Simpson (Calif.), Shorter (Ga.), Central Baptist, Campbellsville (Ky.), Cedarville (Ohio), Indiana Wesleyan, Southeastern (Fla.), OC, Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) and Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

OC will travel to San Antonio to face NCAA Division II No. 3-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas) on Sunday and Monday. St. Mary’s (40-7) leads the Heartland Conference with a 15-0 league mark. OC is in third place in the Heartland standings at 10-5. The Lady Eagles are 2-4 this season against teams currently ranked in the Division II top 25.