Oral Roberts (34-18, 22-8) vs South Dakota State (21-33, 13-17)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. | J.L. Johnson Stadium
When: Wednesday-Saturday, May 25-28
Links: Championship Central | Tickets | Bracket | Twitter
Notes: ORU | SDSU
TULSA, Okla. - No. 1 seed Oral Roberts is set to open the Summit League Championship Wednesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium against No. 4 seed South Dakota State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. with sophomore right-hander Bryce Howe getting the start for the Golden Eagles.
Geoff Haxton will have the radio call on AM 1550 in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also follow along via Twitter @ORUBaseball for live updates throughout the game.
No. 2 seed Omaha will take on No. 3 seed IPFW starting at noon on Wednesday. Losers of Wednesday's opening round games will meet on Thursday at noon while winners of Wednesday's action will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday. View the complete schedule and bracket in the above link.
Tickets are on sale now at MabeeCenter.com. The J.L. Johnson Stadium Box Office will open at 10 a.m. each morning and close during the seventh inning of the night game. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Mabee Center Ticket Office Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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For more information during the 2016 Summit League Baseball Championship including schedules, live stats, live video, area information and more, visit: http://orueagl.es/ChampionshipCentral
Oral Roberts returns to the Summit League Championship for the 17th time in program history. The Golden Eagles hold a 52-2 all-time record in the tournament and have captured16 tournament titles. ORU won the Championship from 1998-2012 and again in 2015.
LOOKING AT ORAL ROBERTS
Noah Cummings (.379) and Matt Whatley (.360) lead the team in hitting. Cummings has turned it on as of late, upping his average from .355 just ten games ago. The Alpine, California product hit .407 during the month of April with six doubles, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored. Whatley, a Claremore, Oklahoma native, has 20 extra-base hits on the season including 10 doubles, three triples and seven home runs. He also sits atop the squad with a .571 slugging percentage. Brent Williams leads the ORU with 52 RBI and eight home runs. The junior has 63 base hits for a .310 average.
ON THE MOUND
The Golden Eagles starting pitching has been equally as impressive as the ORU offense. Right-hander Nick Wood (6-2) boasts the best ERA in the League at 2.12 while Bryce Howe sits atop the Summit with 74 strikeouts in 76.2 innings of work. Maybe the most surprising storyline this season has been the emergence of sophomore Cale Tims. Tims put together masterful performances on the mound during the teams' midweek contests, eventually landing in the ORU starting rotation. He boasts a 6-2 overall record with wins over Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Western Illinois twice and South Dakota State. He has a 3.67 ERA and has struck out 29 batters in 49 innings.
CLOSE IT OUT
Junior transfer Brady Womacks has cemented himself as the team's go-to guy when things get tough. The right-hander has made a team-high 26 appearances out of the bullpen recorded 12 saves which is tops in the Summit League and 15th nationally. In 31.1 innings, he has struck out 26 batters. With his 12 saves, he has etched himself in the ORU record book in single-season saves, tied for third with Jordan Ramono.
DIG FOR TWO
ORU ranks tops in the Summit League and 17th nationally with 119 doubles. Against Kansas State, the Golden Eagles went for six doubles, including two by senior Chase Stafford who leads the club with 16 on the season. Stafford ranks 30th in the nation in the category and of his 42 base hits, 20 are two-baggers.
HOME SWEET HOME
ORU has played some of its best baseball this season in front of the home crowd. In total, ORU is 19-3 with 12-straight wins at J.L. Johnson Stadium which is good enough for the second-best home winning streak in the nation. The team is hitting .337 at home compared to .290 on the road.
For the latest information on ORU baseball, follow @ORUBaseball on Twitter or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store.