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Baseball - Sat, May 7, 2011
Oklahoma City University shortstop Kirk Walker has been named Sooner Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year by the coaches of the league.

Walker, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., led the Stars with a .448 batting average and leads the NAIA at 1.774 hits per game. He also is in the national top 10 with 94 hits, 146 total bases, 22 doubles, 67 runs and his .448 average.

Coach of the Year honors belong to Oklahoma Baptist University's Bobby Cox. Cox led the Bison to second place in the regular season, a No. 5 spot in the final regular season national rankings. It's been a season to remember for Cox, who was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame, collected his 1,000th career win and will take the Bison to the national postseason for the third time in program history.

Joining Walker on the First Team are catchers Nate Peterson of Lubbock Christian and Chad Carman of OCU, first baseman Kevin Hennessey of Wayland Baptist, second-baseman Richard Bohlken of Lubbock Christian, third-baseman Miguel Pagan of Wayland Baptist, utility Eddie Allen of Wayland Baptist, outfielders Ryan Meade of Lubbock Christian, Anthony Lopez of Oklahoma Baptist, Brandt Barnes of Rogers State and Ruben Sosa of Oklahoma City; designated hitter J.C. Aguayo of Northwestern Oklahoma State, starting pitchers Richie Mirowski of Oklahoma Baptist, Marcus Limon of Wayland Baptist, Grant Cosby of Rogers State, Rich Hawkins of Oklahoma City and reliever Kyle Brule of OBU.

Oklahoma City, which leads the NAIA in fielding percentage, dominated the Gold Glove honors with Carmen at catcher, Miguel Beltran at first, Dearth Parker at second, Scott Dalrymple at third, Walker at short, Mark Purser in left and Corey Theriot at pitcher. Chase Glaum of Southern Nazarene won the award in center field and Connor Bridgman of USAO in right.

Making the Second Team from Rogers State are catcher Lance Rymel and utility Randy Ramirez; from OBU are catcher Mitchell Prophet, second baseman Terrence Buchanan and starting pitcher Chad Hardison; from OCU Beltran, designated hitter Julien Pollard and Theriot; from LCU are third baseman David Cruz, shortstop Ryan Burnaman and starting pitcher Lucas Whitmore; from USAO are Bridgman and starting pitcher Caleb Martin; from Oklahoma Christian is outfielder Clint Bowker; from Mid-America Christian is outfielder Jeff Eubank;  from Wayland Baptist is outfielder Aldo Mendez; and from Northwestern Oklahoma State is reliever Derek Epps.

2011 Sooner Athletic Conference
Baseball Postseason Awards

Player of the Year:    Kirk Walker, Oklahoma City University
Coach of the Year:    Bobby Cox, Oklahoma Baptist University

1st Team All-Conference        
C    Nate Peterson        Sr.    Lubbock Christian University        
C    Chad Carman        Jr.    Oklahoma City University
1B    Kevin Hennessey    Sr.    Wayland Baptist University
2B    Richard Bohlken    Jr.    Lubbock Christian University
3B    Miguel Pagan        Jr.    Wayland Baptist University
SS    Kirk Walker        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
UT    Eddie Allen        Sr.    Wayland Baptist University
OF    Ryan Meade        Sr.    Lubbock Christian University
OF    Anthony Lopez        Sr.    Oklahoma Baptist University
OF    Brandt Barnes        Sr.    Rogers State University
OF    Ruben Sosa        Jr.    Oklahoma City University
DH    J.C. Aguayo        Jr.    Northwestern OK State University
SP    Richie Mirowski        Sr.    Oklahoma Baptist University
SP    Marcus Limon        Sr.    Wayland Baptist University
SP    Grant Cosby        Sr.    Rogers State University
SP    Rich Hawkins        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
RP    Kyle Brule        Sr.    Oklahoma Baptist University

Gold Glove            
C    Chad Carmen        Jr.    Oklahoma City University
1B    Miguel Beltran        Jr.    Oklahoma City University
2B    Dearth Parker        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
3B    Scott Dalrymple        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
SS    Kirk Walker        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
LF    Mark Purser        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
CF    Chase Glaum        Sr.    Southern Nazarene University
RF    Connor Bridgman    Sr.    University of Science & Arts
P    Corey Theriot        Sr.    Oklahoma City University

2nd Team All-Conference        
C    Lance Rymel        Jr.    Rogers State University
C    Mitchell Prophet    Jr.    Oklahoma Baptist University
1B    Miguel Beltran        Jr.    Oklahoma City University
2B    Terrence Buchanan    Jr.    Oklahoma Baptist University
3B    David Cruz        Sr.    Lubbock Christian University
SS    Ryan Burnaman        Jr.    Lubbock Christian University
UT    Randy Ramirez        Jr.    Rogers State University
OF    Connor Bridgman    Sr.    University of Science & Arts
OF    Clint Bowker        Sr.    Oklahoma Christian University
OF    Jeff Eubank        Jr.    Mid-America Christian University
OF    Aldo Mendez        Sr.    Wayland Baptist University
DH    Julien Pollard        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
SP    Lucas Whitmore        Jr.    Lubbock Christian University
SP    Corey Theriot        Sr.    Oklahoma City University
SP    Chad Hardison        Jr.    Oklahoma Baptist University
SP    Caleb Martin        Sr.    University of Science & Arts
RP    Derek Epps        Jr.    Northwestern OK State University