TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts baseball will make its 28th all-time appearance in a NCAA Regional when it faces the No. 5 national seed and regional host Arkansas Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The entire weekend is set to be streamed live on ESPN3 from Baum Stadium, while all games for the Golden Eagles will be available on the ORU Sports Network.
THE STORYLINE: The Golden Eagles being the #RoadToOmaha as a No. 4 seed in the Fayetteville Regional for the second-straight season. ORU makes its 28th all-time appearance with a 34-50 record in the NCAA event.
FACING THE REGIONAL OPPONENTS: ORU dropped a pair of games to the Razorbacks in last year's regional by a combined four runs and is 36-68-1 all-time against Arkansas. The two Golden Eagle programs (ORU and Southern Miss) have never met on the diamond, while ORU has a 19-26 record against DBU falling in four of the last six meetings, including a 1-2 mark in Dallas this year.
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: ORU has won a conference record 19 Summit League tournament titles with a 62-3 record all-time in the postseason event, including a 3-0 mark in 2018.
RECORD-BREAKING SENIORS: Noah Cummings broke the ORU all-time RBI record in Saturday's Summit League Championship becoming the only player in school history with 200 RBI. He also sits in the top 10 in hits, doubles and home runs. Fellow senior Kyler Stout continues to pile up saves as the all-time leader with 28, including 14 this season, and ranks fourth with 87 career appearances.
POSTSEASON AWARD SWEEP: ORU swept all four major Sumit League postseason awards for the second-consecutive year. Noah Cummings (Player of the Year) and Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year) were repeat winners and Riley Keizor was selected as Newcomer of the Year. Head Coach Ryan Folmar was named Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight season. In total, 11 players earned All-Summit League accolades, while nine players were named to the all-league first team.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Five Golden Eagles were named to The Summit League All-Tournament team after sweeping through the championship. Cal Hernandez (MVP) followed a six-RBI performance in the opener by going 0-for-0 with three walks, a HBP and sac fly in the finals. He was joined by Noah Cummings, Riley Keizor, Josh McMinn and Andrew Pace on the team.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Coach Folmar and the Golden Eagles have not shied away from playing the NCAA's top conferences. Since the start of the 2015 season, ORU has posted a 25-18 mark against the Power Five, going 16-8 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 29-29 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including a 14-5 mark in home games.
HOLD 'EM BACK: The back end of the ORU bullpen has been electric all season with the emergence of Kyler Stout, Brady Womacks and Grant Townsend. The trio has combined to fan 132 opponents in 95.3 frames averaging 12.46 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. They have totaled a 10-3 record with 15 saves.
ESPN'S TOP PLAYS: Harrison Smith joined the growing list of ORU baseball players featured on ESPN's SportsCenter with the No. 1 play (4/13). Last season, the Golden Eagles recorded three, top 10 plays, more than any other collegiate baseball team in America during the two-month span.
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: The Golden Eagles enjoyed tremendous success at home this season posting a 27-5 record at J.L. Johnson Stadium. That mark includes a perfect 18-0 mark against Summit League teams and wins over Power Five teams Utah, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
MILESTONE VICTORY: Coach Folmar picked up the 200th win of his career against South Dakota State April 21. He is the fifth coach in program history to reach the milestone.
COMPLETE GAME EARNS WEEKLY HONOR: Friday night starting pitcher Josh McMinn was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week May 14. The junior tossed ORU's first complete game of the campaign allowing one run on four hits to Omaha.
MAKE THAT TWO: Miguel Ausua landed Pitcher of the Week honors April 16 after narrowly missing a no-hitter against Fort Wayne. The senior added another award April 30 tossing eight innings of one-run baseball versus Western Illinois.
LEAD-OFF WINNER: ORU lead-off hitter Nick Roark was named Summit League Player of the Week April 23 as he matched his career high with four hits against SDSU. He hit .474 with six RBI, three runs, two doubles and a pair of walks.
FOURTH TIME FOR NOAH: Senior Noah Cummings landed the fourth Summit League Player of the Week honor of his career April 2. He hit .400 for the week with six RBI, four runs, two doubles, one home run and one stolen base, while totaling a .733 slugging percentage.
SUMMIT HONORS: ORU swept the weekly honors March 12 with Riley Keizor and Kyler Stout. Keizor hit .476 (7-for-15) with two RBI, a double and a run scored, while Stout picked up a save and win in relief totaling six strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Stout added the same weekly award May 7 after a three-save week, including the final five outs in a home win over in-state rival and nationally-ranked Oklahoma State.
SWEEP THE SUMMIT: Spencer Henson and Justin McGregor were named Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week opening weekend. Henson hit .556 with four RBI to lead the offense, while McGregor struck out six in five innings of a scoreless start.
NATIONAL PRESEASON HONORS: Miguel Ausua 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 landed on the second team following a 70-RBI season as a junior.
TOUGH SLATE: ORU faced another challenging schedule in 2018 taking on four teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional totaling 10 of its 55 games. The slate also featured matchups with three Power Five conferences; Pac 12, Big 12 and Big 10.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games were available nationally on ESPN3. Scott Higgins will have the live play-by-play call, while George Frazier, Erik Hansen and Scott Slarks 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 and ESPN+.
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 on the ORU Sports Network. All 30 home games also will feature free video and stats with links at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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