Golden Eagles Garner 2019 Postseason #SummitBSB Honors

Golden Eagles Garner 2019 Postseason #SummitBSB Honors

TULSA, Okla. – Headlined by Summit League Player of the Year Spencer Henson, the Oral Roberts baseball team had seven players named to 2019 All-Summit League teams Tuesday night as voted upon by its head coaches.

 

The Golden Eagles led the conference in nearly every offensive category on their way to three All-Summit League First Team honorees and had four that landed on the second team. It was the seventh-straight year as a member of the league that ORU has been represented by at least seven players on the all-conference squad.

 

Henson, the only player in Summit League history to win the Triple Crown twice in a career, accomplishing the feat in back-to-back years, was chosen for the first team as a first baseman, while becoming the 17th ORU player since 1998 to be recognized as the conference's best player.

 

Infielder Hunter Wilson earned the first team honor at second base in his lone season with the Golden Eagles. Fellow newcomer Isaac Coffey was named to the first team as a utility player thanks to the freshman's efforts on the mound and in the field.

 

A pair of veterans to the ORU lineup found their names on the All-Summit League Second Team as four-year seniors Josh McMinn and Trevor McCutchin were recognized as a starting pitcher and designated hitter, respectively. The honor marks the third all-conference selection in McMinn's career, while McCutchin earned the second of his tenure wearing the navy and gold.

 

The Golden Eagles also claimed two of the three outfield spots on the second team with senior Andrew Pace and redshirt junior Blake Hall receiving postseason accolades.

 

Spencer Henson
Jr. // Pryor, Okla. // 1B

  • The Summit League Triple Crown winner during the regular season for the second-consecutive season with a league-best .372 batting average, 17 home runs and 49 RBI
  • Closed the regular season ranked sixth in the nation behind a .774 slugging percentage
  • Ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA in home runs per game (14th), on-base percentage (16th) and walks per game (22nd)
  • Totaled six home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games slugging 1.000 down the stretch
  • Named Summit League Player of the Week May 20

 

Hunter Wilson
GS // Spiro, Okla. // 2B

  • Ranked in the top five in the league with a .313 batting average, 60 hits, 40 runs and 12 stolen bases
  • Posted a team-leading 19 games with multiple hits, including a season-best four against Purdue Fort Wayne March 15, while adding 11 multi-RBI performances
  • Tallied at least one hit in 35 of 45 games started during the season
  • Named Summit League Player of the Week March 18

 

Isaac Coffey
Fr. // Goleta, Calif. // UT

  • Was the league's top offensive freshman in home runs (5), RBI (29) and slugging percentage (.473) and tied for eighth overall hitting 11 doubles
  • Recorded The Summit League's ninth-best earned run average at 4.47 in 13 starts finishing as ORU's top starting pitcher
  • Struck out a season-best eight on the road at Purdue Fort Wayne April 28 throwing seven shutout innings and gave up just one hit
  • Was a perfect 4-for-4 in a home win over the Mastodons March 16 totaling four RBI

 

Blake Hall
RJr. // Magnolia, Ark. // OF

  • Collected two home runs, including a grand slam, in a 5-for-5 effort to clinch a home series against Omaha tallying six RBI and four runs
  • Put together 15 games with multiple hits and ranked third in league-only outings hitting for a .367 average
  • Recorded a double in four-consecutive games from March 30-April 5 and twice hit home runs in back-to-back games
  • Named Summit League Player of the Week April 15

 

Andrew Pace
Sr. // Beaumont, Texas // OF

  • Posted a 37-game streak of reaching base safely, the second-longest streak for any ORU player in the last 20 years
  • Tied for second in The Summit League totaling 12 doubles and was fifth logging 56 total hits
  • Had a pair of four-hit contests to set a career high February 16 and again April 27
  • Named Summit League Player of the Week February 18 after an opening week where he posted a .615 batting average and an .846 slugging percentage

 

Trevor McCutchin
Sr. // Owasso, Okla. // DH

  • Ranked fourth in the conference launching eight home runs, including consecutive games versus Dallas Baptist and Wichita State
  • Tallied a career-best five hits and three runs against Murray State February 17
  • Hit the second grand slam of his ORU career at Purdue Fort Wayne April 26
  • Also a top reliever for the Golden Eagles pitching nine scoreless appearances

 

Josh McMinn
Sr. // Oklahoma City, Okla. // SP

  • Tied for third in The Summit League totaling six wins in the fifth-most innings pitched working 83 for the year to lead ORU
  • Registered a 5-1 record at home, including tossing eight scoreless innings in a shutout of South Dakota State March 22
  • Finished the regular season fourth in the league striking out 82 opposing hitters, 61 of which came in conference action
  • Twice named Summit League Player of the Week in 2019 coming March 4 and March 25 

Player of the Year: Spencer Henson, ORU

Pitcher of the Year: Payton Kinney, UNO

Newcomer of the Year: Max Loven, NDSU

Coach of the Year: Evan Porter, UNO

All-Summit League First Team

1B: Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts

2B: Hunter Wilson, Oral Roberts

SS: Gus Steiger, South Dakota State

3B: Breyden, Eckhout, Omaha

C: C.J. Schaeffer, Western Illinois 

OF: Drue Galassi, Western Illinois

OF: Parker Smejkal, Omaha

OF: Nick Smith, South Dakota State

DH: Josh Falk, South Dakota State

UT: Isaac Coffey, Oral Roberts

SP: Javin Drake, Western Illinois

SP: Payton Kinney, Omaha

SP: Max Loven, North Dakota State 

RP: Brett Barnett, South Dakota State

 

All-Summit League Second Team

1B: Drew Beazley, South Dakota State

2B: Braeden Brown, South Dakota State

SS: Keil Krumwiede, Omaha

3B: Charley Hesse, North Dakota State

C: Brett Bonar, Omaha

OF: Blake Hall, Oral Roberts

OF: Thomas Debonville, Omaha

OF: Andrew Pace, Oral Roberts

DH: Trevor McCutchin, Oral Roberts

UT: Grant Suponchick, Omaha

SP: Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State 

SP: Nic McCay, South Dakota State

SP: Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts

RP: Cal Hehnke, Omaha

 

The No. 3 seed Golden Eagles (26-24 overall) face No. 2 South Dakota State in game two of the 2019 Summit League Championship Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Catch the action from J.L. Johnson Stadium live on the ORU Sports Network.

 

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