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Baseball - Fri, Jun. 6, 2014

Oklahoma Baptist senior first baseman/right fielder Matt Page was selected in the 10th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals Friday afternoon.


Page finished his two-year career at OBU with a .383 average to go with a .703 slugging percentage. The two-time All-American from Redwood City, Calif., collected 165 hits and hit 26 home runs for the Bison. The 2013 NAIA Player of the Year, Page drove in 169 runs and scored 132 runs in his career.


"I'm just so excited to see the hard work and dedication he has shown to our program and university pay off," said OBU associate head coach Chris Klimas. "The high character and leadership skills that he exhibited for two years in our program will suit him well in professional baseball, and we will continue to be his biggest fans."


The Nationals selected Page with the 304th overall pick. "There were a lot of emotions, but it was an amazing feeling to get drafted," said Page. "The work is just beginning, because everyone is going to be just as good and better from here."


Page becomes the 40th Bison player to get drafted, joining teammate Julian Merryweather who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians earlier in the day.