Five Eagles In NAIA Baseball World Series All-Tournament Team

Jose Ruiz in action for OKWU Eagles
Jose Ruiz in action for OKWU Eagles

Bartlesville, Okla. — Five Oklahoma Wesleyan University players, including national Player of the Year Jose Ruiz, were among those selected in the NAIA Baseball World Series All-Tournament team.

The 2014 tournament ended last week, with the Eagles finishing just one win shy of making the championship game in their first-ever World Series.

Ruiz, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Player of the Year, added the NAIA Player of the Year honor to those accomplishments on Monday.

Joining Ruiz in the World Series all-tournament team was Jeff Butler, who was also a honorable mention All-American.

Butler, a junior from Riverside, CA, also won the Charles Berry Hustle Award, something Eagles head coach Matt Parker called a “big time award,” given to player who plays the hardest at the World Series.

Others included in the NAIA Baseball World Series All-Tournament team were junior Diego Ibarra, senior Cody Riley, and freshman Garret Easton.

Oklahoma Wesleyan, the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions, finished the season with a 58-8 record.

The 58 win was a school record.