Oral Roberts (23-21, 14-10 SL) at South Dakota State (24-18, 16-8 SL)
Location: Brookings, S.D. (Erv Huether Field)
Game One: Friday, May 10 – 3 p.m.
Game Two: Saturday, May 11 – 1 p.m.
Game Three: Sunday, May 12 – 1 p.m.
Game Links: Audio | Live Stats
TULSA, Okla. – It's down to the final two weekends of the regular season for the Oral Roberts baseball team as it travels to South Dakota State for a pivotal three-game Summit League series May 10-12. The Golden Eagles trail the Jackrabbits by two games for second place in the standings as the action starts Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
THE STORYLINE: The Golden Eagles lost in 10 innings for the second time in a four-game stretch Tuesday at Little Rock. ORU slipped to third in The Summit League standings, but takes on the two teams above it in the final two weekends starting with South Dakota State.
FACING THE JACKRABBITS: SDSU enters the weekend two games out of first place and two ahead of ORU after a three-game sweep at Purdue Fort Wayne. The Jacks rank in the top 100 for team ERA as all three of their weekend starters have an ERA of 4.50 or better.
SERIES HISTORY: ORU has a 53-16 record over SDSU in the all-time series despite dropping two of three at home earlier this season. The Golden Eagles are making their first trip to Brookings since 2017 after last year's series was moved to Council Bluff, Iowa. ORU is 14-7 in games played at Erv Huether Field winning six of the last seven meetings.
GRAND TIMES: Trevor McCutchin and Anthony Martinez each hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of ORU's win at Purdue Fort Wayne April 26. ORU hit three grand slams in a six-game stretch after Blake Hall's against Omaha in the series finale April 14. The Golden Eagles are one of three teams in the NCAA this season to hit two grand slams in an inning joining Florida and Rice.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Since the start of the 2015 season, ORU has posted a 30-21 mark against the Power Five, going 18-8 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 34-32 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including an 18-5 mark in home games.
KEIZOR SHINES IN SWEEP: Behind 11 RBI in a sweep of the Mastodons, Riley Keizor earned his first Summit League Player of the Week honor April 29. The catcher had seven RBI in the first three innings Friday and finished with a .571 on-base percentage to go with a .538 batting average for the weekend.
SWIFT GOING: Hunter Swift picked up his first Summit League Player of the Week honor after a 7-for-11 effort April 15-21, including multiple hits in all three starts. He also tallied four runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases for a .778 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
THAT'S HALL FOLKS: Blake Hall used a career day April 14 going 5-for-5 with two home runs, four runs scored and six RBI versus Omaha to garner Summit League Player of the Week honors.
UP THE RANKS: Senior Josh McMinn continues his upward climb in the ORU record books as he is sixth all-time with 274 career strikeouts. He also is in the top 10 for wins (27), innings pitched (303.2) and starts (45).
TWICE FOR McMINN: McMinn was named Pitcher of the Week for the second time in a three-week stretch after tossing eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over South Dakota State March 22.
WILSON SURGE: After going 9-for-12 against Purdue Fort Wayne, lead-off hitter Hunter Wilson saw his average jump 88 points. For his effort, he was rewarded with Summit League Player of the Week honors.
UPHILL CLIMB: Starting with its matchup against Ohio State Feb. 24, ORU capped a difficult stretch where seven-consecutive games were versus teams that reached a NCAA Regional in 2018. The Golden Eagles went 3-4 during that period.
SECOND WEEK AWARD: McMinn earned the fifth pitcher of the week award in his ORU career March 4 after striking out six in 8.2 innings without issuing a walk against Purdue giving up one run.
FIRST WEEK, FIRST HONOR: ORU outfielder Andrew Pace earned the first Summit League Player of the Week honor of his career in week one. He posted a .615 batting average and a .846 slugging percentage thanks to three multi-hit efforts, including a career-high four hits Feb. 16.
POWER START: ORU connected for 35 runs on 41 hits, including 15 that went for extra bases, and 17 walks opening weekend. The Golden Eagles capped the series with seven doubles and three home runs Sunday against Murray State.
REIGNING CROWN: For just the fourth time in Summit League history, a player finished the season as the Triple Crown winner (league leader in batting average, home runs and RBI) when Spencer Henson accomplished the feat in 2018. The junior hit .364 with 10 round trippers and 58 RBI joining Steve Holm (2000) and Brian Van Kirk (2008) as Golden Eagles to achieve the milestone.
DRAMATIC FACE LIFT: Fans entering the complex at J.L. Johnson Stadium in 2019 immediately will notice a new LED video board located in right-center field. Measuring 33 feet high and 19 feet wide totaling roughly 625 square feet.
SUMMIT LEAGUE HONOREES RETURN: Spencer Henson and Riley Keizor are back at ORU after earning First Team All-Summit League honors in 2018, while Josh McMinn returns following a second team selection. McMinn also earned first team honors in 2017. Keizor was named last year's Summit League Newcomer of the Year.
NOT SHYING AWAY: ORU put together one of its most difficult schedules for 2019. The Golden Eagles face seven teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional a season ago accounting for nearly a third of its 56-game slate. Five of ORU's first eight opponents advanced to the postseason in 2018 providing an early test.
LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY: More than half of the ORU roster in 2019 was raised in the state of Oklahoma as 18 players hail from within 120 miles of campus. The freshman recruiting class is heavy with local talent as four of its eight members joined the Golden Eagles from Green Country.
MARCHING HOME: ORU served as the host team for 17 of its 19 games during the month of March. With Coach Folmar at the helm, ORU has tallied a 141-60 (.701) record in home games and won 20 or more contests in each of the last four seasons, including a mark of 63-12 (.840) at home against Summit League teams.
KEEP THE STREAK: The Golden Eagles are making a push for their 19th-straight Summit League regular season and 20th-consecutive tournament titles as members of the conference in 2019. ORU has reached 28 NCAA Regionals in program history, including four in a row, including the 1978 College World Series and the 2006 Super Regionals.
MILESTONE WIN: Head Coach Ryan Folmar picked up the 200th win of his career against South Dakota State April 20, 2018. He is the fifth coach in program history to reach the milestone and did so in just his sixth season leading the team.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games will be available nationally on ESPN+ in 2019. Scott Higgins will have the live play-by-play call, while Scott Slarks and Erik Hansen will provide color commentary and sideline reporting from J.L. Johnson Stadium.
HOSTING THE BEST: The top four teams in The Summit League's regular season standings will qualify for the 2019 Summit League Baseball Championship hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the fourth-straight season. ORU will host the double-elimination event at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 22-25 to determine the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.
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 and #GoldenStandard 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 2019 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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