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Baseball Returns to Midweek Action Tuesday at Oklahoma

Baseball Returns to Midweek Action Tuesday at Oklahoma

The Basics
Oral Roberts (26-15) at Oklahoma (21-22-1)
Location: Norman, Okla. | L. Dale Mitchell Park
Game Links: Live Stats | Audio | Fox Sports Go
Notes: ORU | OU


TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts baseball will wrap up a seven-game road swing Tuesday night at Oklahoma. First pitch from L. Dale Mitchell Park is slated for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports Central with Chad McKee and Mickey Tettleton on the call. 

Geoff Haxton will have the radio call on 97.1 FM 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. 

SERIES HISTORY WITH OKLAHOMA
The Golden Eagles trail in the all-time series with Oklahoma, 38-32, but are winners of four straight in the series with Oral Roberts picking up three shutouts in the last four meetings.

LOOKING AT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 21-22-1 overall and 7-11 in the Big 12 after dropping two-of-three at Kansas over the weekend. The Sooners are hitting .263 as a club, led by Sheldon Neuse at .374 with 36 runs batted in. The Sooners have dropped seven of their last 10 contests with wins coming over West Virginia and Kansas.

LOOKING AT ORAL ROBERTS
The Golden Eagles are led by sophomores Noah Cummings and Matt Whatley. The duo are both tops on the team in hitting with Cummings hitting at a clip of .354 and Whatley just behind at .342. Whatley, a Claremore, Oklahoma native, has 19 extra-base hits on the season including nine doubles, three triples and seven home runs. He also sits atop the squad with a .565 slugging percentage. Brent Williams leads the team with 41 RBI and seven home runs. The junior has 50 base hits for a .313 average.

LAST TIME THEY MET
It was a pitcher's duel up until the sixth inning when Oral Roberts pushed across four runs on its way to a 5-0 victory over Oklahoma March 22 at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Nick Roark kick started the offense in the sixth inning with a leadoff single to left before sophomore Matt Whatley crushed a ball to the gap in right field for a stand up triple pushing across the go-ahead run. Junior Brent Williams added a run to the board later in the inning after singling through the right side on a hit-and-run.

Sophomore Cale Tims had another phenomenal outing on the mound coming off a win at Mississippi State. The right-hander tossed six and two thirds of shutout baseball and allowed only four hits while striking out four en route to his second victory of the season.

The Golden Eagle bullpen helped close the door on the Sooners in the final two and a third innings on their way to the team's first shutout of the season. Freshman Josh McMinn went an inning and a third while Brady Womacks closed out the ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.

SEND EM' HOME
Junior Brent Williams has quietly led the Golden Eagles with 41 RBI this season. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native has drove in 12 RBI in the last 10 game and leads the team with 11 multiple RBI games. He has put together four three-RBI performances this season, with the last coming during the series finale at IPFW.

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 21 appearances out of the bullpen recorded eight saves which is tops in the Summit League and 39th nationally. With his eight saves on the season, he has cemented himself in the ORU record book in single-season saves, tied for ninth with Jeff Eddings.

TURN TWO
The Golden Eagles have been keen to getting out of trouble when opponents put runners on base this season, turning 35 double plays on the year. Against Little Rock, ORU was able to turn nine during the series. As a club, the Golden Eagles rank 94th in the nation in the category.

DIG FOR TWO
ORU ranks tops in the Summit League and 28th nationally with 94 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 33th in the nation in the category and of his 31 base hits, 16 are two-baggers.

SUCCESS WITH THE BIG BOYS
The Golden Eagles fared especially well against the BIG 12 during the 2015 season, finishing the year 5-1 against the power conference after defeating Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma State on the road, ORU also took down the Cowboys and Red Raiders at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Oral Roberts has won five of the last six meetings with the Cowboys in Stillwater or at neutral sites. ORU has four wins over Power Five conference members this season, including wins at Auburn, Mississippi State, Kansas State as well as a home victory over the Sooners. This season, ORU is 3-0 against BIG 12 competition with wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The Golden Eagles also picked up road wins over Auburn and Mississippi State.

JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Sophomore catcher Matt Whatley has been named to the 2016 Johnny Bench Award Watch List as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. Whatley was one of 74 catchers named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award which is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher. Whatley was the only catcher from the Summit League to be named to the prestigious list. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists on May 18 followed by the announcement of the three finalists on June 6. The Johnny Bench Award will be presented on June 30 in Wichita, Kansas at the 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet. The award honors Cincinnati Red Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, who was not only one of the greatest catchers of all time but revolutionized the position. He was the first catcher to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one-handed and kept his throwing hand behind his back.

BROOKS WALLACE AWARDS WATCH LIST
Redshirt senior Trevin Sonnier has been named to the 2016 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List as announced by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday. The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the top college shortstop in the nation and will be presented as a part of the Night of Champions, an annual celebration that will take place in Lubbock, Texas on July 2. The Nederland, Texas native is currently among the Summit League leaders in runs scored (31), hits (43) and stolen bases (8) while hitting .312 with a .391 on-base percentage. He has committed just seven errors in 161 fielding chances this season and has been involved in 22 double plays in 38 games.

STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCHLIST
Oral Roberts junior Brady Womacks was one of 40 players named to the Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List, announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. A product of Pevely, Missouri, Womacks is 2-1 with seven saves and a 0.36 ERA in 19 appearances. The right-hander has allowed just 20 hits in 24.2 innings of work, while fanning 20 batters. Womacks' eight saves place him atop the Summit League and in a tie for ninth place on the Golden Eagles' single-season charts.

COACH GETS 100
Oral Roberts Head Coach Ryan Folmar eclipsed the 100-win mark over the in March with a 14-5 victory over Little Rock. He became the sixth coach in program history to reach 100-wins.

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.

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.

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