ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts earned the top seed in the upcoming Summit League Baseball Championship for the 17th time in program history and third consecutive year.
The 2017 baseball tournament takes place from May 24-27, at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University. This marks the 14th time in league history the tournament will be held in Tulsa.
Oral Roberts earned the No. 1 seed after securing its record 17th regular season title last weekend. The Golden Eagles finished the league season with a 25-4 (.862) record.
North Dakota State earned the No. 2 seed, the highest in program history, after collecting a 19-11 (.633) league mark. The Bison advanced to its sixth tournament since becoming eligible in 2009.
South Dakota State, 18-12 (.600) in Summit League play, advanced to its eighth tournament in school history. The Jackrabbits are looking to become the first No. 3 seed to win the tournament title and are riding a league-high eight-game win streak entering play.
Western Illinois returned to the tournament field after posting a 12-15 (.444) record in Summit League action. The Fighting Leathernecks are the fourth seed for the third time in their last four appearances.
No. 2 North Dakota State (29-23, 19-11 Summit) opens tournament play against No. 3 South Dakota State (25-22, 18-12 Summit) in game one on Wednesday, at Noon (CT). Top-seeded Oral Roberts (39-14, 25-4 Summit) battles No. 4 Western Illinois (18-30, 12-15 Summit) in Wednesday's second game at 6 p.m. (CT).
The double elimination tournament continues with two games Thursday, one game Friday, and the championship game(s) taking place Saturday. The winner claims The Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday, May 24
Noon - Game One: (2) North Dakota State vs. (3) South Dakota State
6 p.m. - Game Two: (1) Oral Roberts vs. (4) Western Illinois
Thursday, May 25
Noon - Game Three: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
6 p.m. - Game Four: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Friday, May 26
6 p.m. - Game Five: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Saturday, May 27
1 p.m. - Game Six: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
4:30 p.m. - Game Seven: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 *
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.