TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts baseball team will wrap up its five-game road swing Tuesday and Wednesday with single games against Jacksonville State and No. 13 Mississippi State. The Gamecocks and ORU will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. before taking the field Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against the Bulldogs.
The Golden Eagles and Mississippi State game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network Plus/WatchESPN. Geoff Haxton will also have the radio call for both games on 1550 AM in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through ORUAthletics.com.
SERIES HISTORY WITH JACKSONVILLE STATE
Tuesday marks the first meeting between the two programs.
SERIES HISTORY WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE
The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs have met just one time coming back in the 2013 season with MSU coming up with a 3-2 win in Starkville. Tyler Boss led the way for the Golden Eagles, going 3-for-4 from the DH spot while Logan Domenico finished 2-for-4.
LEADING THE WAY
To no one's surprise, Matt Whatley has led the Golden Eagles offensively this season. In 14 games played, the sophomore has a .368 batting average with 14 RBI, two home run and three doubles. He has drawn 10 walks on the year for a .471 on-base percentage. Nationally he ranks 35 with two triples. Not far behind is second-year man Nick Roark. The team leader with four home runs on the season, he has thrived at the number two spot in the batting order.
After a sluggish start to the 2016 campaign, returning First Team All-Summit member Noah Cummings has steadily saw improvement at the plate. In the teams' weekend series at Auburn, the sophomore saw his batting average climb from .194 to .256 after going for four hits on the weekend, including two in the Golden Eagles' 8-7 win over the Tigers in the series opener.
The Golden Eagles have been keen to getting out of trouble this season, turning the double play 14 times. Last weekend against Little Rock, ORU was able to turn nine in the series. The team ranks 30th in the nation in the category and first in the Summit.
Oral Roberts has been tabbed to repeat as Summit League baseball champions in a poll of the league's head coaches. The Golden Eagles are looking to extend on their record 15 regular season titles and 16 tournament championships in 2016. ORU received all five of its possible first-place votes. Fort Wayne, last season's tournament runner-up, was picked second, its highest preseason ranking in program history. South Dakota State was slotted third with the final first-place tally, followed by Omaha, North Dakota State and Western Illinois. The Golden Eagles finished the 2015 season with a 41-16 overall mark and 25-5 in The Summit League, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in program history.
TWO-STRAIGHT, 30-WIN SEASONS
The 2015 squad topped the 30-win plateau for the second straight year. The two-straight 30-win seasons were accompanied for the first time in as many years with a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles will open up Summit League action this weekend as the team welcomes South Dakota State to Tulsa for a three-game set starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
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