No. 1 TCU, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Gonzaga, No. 4 Oral Roberts
Location: Fort Worth, Texas | Lupton Stadium (4,500)
When: Friday-Monday, June 3-6
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TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts baseball will face host school and 9th-ranked TCU to open regional play Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPNU and WatchESPN/ESPN 3 with Roxy Bernstein and Keith Moreland on the call.
The Golden Eagles will take on either Arizona State or Gonzaga Saturday, with time slots still to be determined.
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.
ORU is no stranger to the Horned Frogs in the postseason as the two programs met in the 2011 Fort Worth Regional. ORU dropped the opener to TCU, 10-2, before defeating the host, 8-2. The Golden Eagles hold a 26-17 advantage in the all-time series.
It marks the 26th time in program history that the Golden Eagles will play in the postseason, and the second year in-a-row. The team holds a 34-50 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets will initially be sold as All-Session reserved seat packages only. This package includes tickets to each game with a maximum of seven (7) possible games. Currently, they are available to TCU season-ticket holders only and must be purchased by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.
All-Session prices are $60 each and $45 each for GA. This is a substantial savings as single game reserved tickets---if available after expected high demand for All-Sessions---will not be sold until the first game and will be $20 and $15 each. All seats in Lupton Stadium will be sold as reserved seats, no General Admission. Once all reserved seats are sold, Standing Room Only will be available on the Grass Hill down the first base line. These SRO tickets will only be sold after all reserved seats have been sold, and they will be $15 each.
If all-session packages remain, they will be available to the general public Thursday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Call 817-257-3764 to purchase your tickets.
LOOKING AT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Noah Cummings (.363) and Matt Whatley (.358) lead the team in hitting. Cummings, an 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 21 extra-base hits on the season including 10 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. He also sits atop the squad with a .565 slugging percentage. Brent Williams leads the ORU with 55 RBI and eight home runs. The junior has 68 base hits for a .304 average.
TCU (26-17); Last met in 2011
Arizona State (3-9); Last met in 2011
Gonzaga (1-0); Last met in 2002
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 Summit League at 2.36 while Bryce Howe sits atop the Summit with 79 strikeouts in 82.0 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 3.71 ERA and has struck out 29 batters in 51 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 28 appearances out of the bullpen recorded 14 saves which is tops in the Summit League and 7th nationally. In 36.0 innings, he has struck out 37 batters. With his 14 saves, he has etched himself in the ORU record book in single-season saves in second place just behind Jackson Market, who recorded 15 saves during the 2000 campaign.
DIG FOR TWO
ORU ranks tops in the Summit League and 11th nationally with 130 doubles. Against Kansas State, the Golden Eagles went for six doubles, including two by senior Chase Stafford who leads the club with 21 on the season. Stafford ranks 27th in the nation in the category and of his 47 base hits, 21 are two-baggers. The senior sits tied for 10th place in the Golden Eagles single season doubles rank, needing just one more to move into a tie for fifth place.
TOP OF THE SUMMIT
Both Matt Whatley and Noah Cummings finished in the top-5 in the Summit League in batting average. Cummings was second the league with a .363 average while Whatley finished fourth at .358, respectively.
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.