Oral Roberts (7-3, 0-0 Summit League) at No. 25 Dallas Baptist (6-5, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Location: Dallas, Texas (Horner Ballpark)
Game One: Friday, Mar. 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Game Two: Saturday, Mar. 10 – 2 p.m.
Game Three: Sunday, Mar. 11 – 1 p.m.
Game Links: Audio | Live Stats | Friday/Sunday Video | Saturday Video
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team faces its toughest weekend of the young season for its first road test in 2018 heading to No. 25 Dallas Baptist for three games March 9-11. Game one is set for Friday night at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's action will be available on Fox Sports Southwest at 2 p.m. The Sunday finale is slated for 1 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.
THE STORYLINE: Coming off an upset of No. 22 Wichita State where they allowed just three hits, the Golden Eagles hit the road to face nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist for a three-game set. It's the first road trip of the season for ORU, while the Patriots are 6-1 at home. DBU has dropped two straight, including a 15-3 loss at Oklahoma Tuesday.
FACING THE PATRIOTS: ORU and DBU have met 42 times in the all-time series history with the Golden Eagles holding an 18-24 record against the Patriots. DBU won two of three in last year's series at J.L. Johnson Stadium, while ORU picked up two wins on the road in 2016.
CALL TO THE BULLPEN: ORU's bullpen has been a high point in 2018 combining for a 0.90 earned run average with 45 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. Newcomers Grant Townsend and Tanner Rogen have quickly found rhythm picking up two wins each for the Golden Eagles in four total relief appearances. Closer Kyler Stout has five saves in five appearances, tied for the NCAA lead, and has allowed one base runner in 5.1 innings.
LIMIT FREE PASSES: Through six games, the Golden Eagles rank 49th in the nation with a 2.84 strikeout-to-walk ratio. ORU pitchers have fanned 88 hitters in 90 innings, while walking 31.
TURNING TWO: ORU is one of the top teams in the nation defensively turning 12 double plays in 10 games. The Golden Eagles' 1.20 double plays per game ranks 18th in the country.
SWEEP THE SUMMIT: Sophomore Spencer Henson and senior Justin McGregor were named Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week following a sweep of Utah opening weekend. Henson hit .556 with four RBI to lead the offense, while McGregor struck out six in five innings of a scoreless start moving to 10-0 in his ORU career.
NATIONAL PRESEASON HONORS: Miguel Ausua, the reigning Summit League Pitcher of the Year, was named to the NCBWA Preseason All-American First Team as he returns from a 2017 campaign where he ranked third in the nation with 11 wins. Noah Cummings, last year's Summit League Player of the Year, landed on the second team following a 70-RBI season as a junior.
HOME COOKING: The 2018 schedule is front loaded with home games as ORU will play its first 10 games at J.L. Johnson Stadium between Feb. 16 and Mar. 7. With Coach Folmar at the helm, the Golden Eagles have tallied a 104-48 (.684) record in home games and won 20 or more in each of the last three seasons.
WELCOME BACK: Nine pitchers are back on campus, including all four starters, after combining for a miniscule 2.49 ERA, which is the best of any team in the NCAA heading into 2018. They also accounted for 88 percent of the win total a year ago. ORU's staff ranked sixth in the nation at the end of 2017 with a 3.06 ERA and enters the weekend ranked 14th holding a 2.10 ERA.
TOUGH SLATE: ORU has another challenging schedule in 2018 facing four teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional totaling 10 of its 55 games. The slate also features matchups with three Power Five conferences; Pac 12, Big 12 and Big 10.
ESPN'S TOP PLAYS: In a span of two months last season, ORU recorded three, top 10 plays on ESPN's Sportscenter, more than any other collegiate baseball team in America. Nick Roark (2/28), Cal Hernandez (3/21) and Noah Cummings (4/18) all represented the Golden Eagles on the nationally-televised segment showcasing superb defense.
STREAK CONTINUES: The Golden Eagles won their 17th-straight regular season title in The Summit League in 2017. ORU went on to win three-consecutive games in the conference tournament, highlighted by Ausua's complete-game shutout in the championship to secure its 18th title in a row.
CLEAN SWEEP: The Golden Eagles cleaned up in the 2017 Summit League postseason awards winning all four major honors with Noah Cummings (Player of the Year), Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year), Dylan Snypes (Newcomer of the Year) and Ryan Folmar (Coach of the Year). ORU also had a program-record 10 first-team all-league selections and three second-team all-league honorees.
TOP THE SUMMIT: After earning The Summit League's automatic bid, ORU made its 27th all-time appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Golden Eagles eliminated Oklahoma State in game two giving Coach Folmar his first-career NCAA victory, before falling to host Arkansas.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Coach Folmar and the Golden Eagles have not shied away from playing the NCAA's top conferences. Over the last three seasons, ORU has posted a 19-14 mark against the Power Five, going 14-6 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 23-25 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including a 9-3 mark in home games.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games will be available nationally on ESPN3. Scott Higgins will have the live play-by-play call, while former OU pitcher George Frazier and ORU catcher Erik Hansen will provide color commentary and sideline reporting from J.L. Johnson Stadium. Select other games also will be available via regional broadcasts on Fox Sports.
HOSTING THE BEST: The top four teams in The Summit League's regular season standings will qualify for the 2018 Summit League Baseball Championship hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the third-straight season. ORU will host the double-elimination event at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 23-26.
STAYING CONNECTED: Follow the Golden Eagles all season long across social media platforms and two mobile apps (ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row) available on Google Play and the App State. Use the hashtag #ORUBase to stay connected with fans across the nation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
WHERE TO CATCH US: Listen live to every ORU baseball game in 2018 with Adam Hildebrandt on the ORU Sports Network. All 30 home games also will feature free video and stats with links at www.ORUAthletics.com.
For the latest information on ORU Baseball, follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading two mobile apps, ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row, available on the App Store and Google Play.