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Golden Eagles Close Out Regular Season Home Slate With No. 14 Oklahoma State Tuesday

Golden Eagles Close Out Regular Season Home Slate With No. 14 Oklahoma State Tuesday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (32-16, 21-6) vs Oklahoma State (32-17, 13-8)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. | J.L. Johnson Stadium
When: Tuesday, May 17 | 6:30 p.m.
Game Links: Live Stats | Video | Audio
Notes: ORU | OSU


TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts will play host to No. 14 Oklahoma State Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium. It will mark the final regular season home game of the season for the Golden Eagles prior to hosting The Summit League Championship later this month. Freshman Trevor McCutchin (2-2) will get the nod on the mound. 

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 STATE
Oral Roberts trails in the all-time series with the Cowboys, 34-32, but have won four of the last five meetings. The Golden Eagles and OSU met earlier this season in Stillwater, with ORU coming out on top with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Cowboys. In 2015, ORU swept the Cowboys in a home-and-home series, taking the first game in Stillwater, 4-2, before earning a 15-5 victory at J.L. Johnson Stadium in April. The Golden Eagles have won seven out of the last 10 games in the series going back to 2005, including two games in the Fayetteville Regional in 2006.

LOOKING AT THE COWBOYS
Oklahoma State enters Tuesday with a 32-17 overall record and sits at 13-8 in the BIG 12 after dropping a weekend series to Oklahoma. The team is led offensively by both Donnie Walton (.352) and J.R. Davis (.342). Sophomore Garrett Benge has tallied a team-high 35 RBI in 49 games played this season. As a club, the Cowboys boast one of the top ERA's (3.26) in the nation at 24th while the OSU defense sits third nationally with 60 double plays turned.

LOOKING AT ORAL ROBERTS
The Golden Eagles are led by sophomores Noah Cummings and Matt Whatley. The duo is tops on the team in hitting with Cummings leading the way .382 and Whatley just behind at .353. 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 team with 50 RBI and seven home runs. The junior has 58 base hits for a .312 average.

LOCKED IT UP, AGAIN
The Golden Eagles' win on Saturday over the Jackrabbits secured the team's 16th regular season Summit League Championship. ORU has locked up the top seed for the League Tournament while Omaha has secured the number two seed. Western Illinois, IPFW, North Dakota State and South Dakota State will each be vying for the final two spots in the Championship this weekend. The Summit League Tournament will held in Tulsa May 25-28.

LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles are coming off a series sweep of South Dakota State over the weekend in Brookings. It was the fourth time this year that the team has swept an opponent and the first time it happened away from J.L. Johnson Stadium. Strong starting pitching and timely hits helped ORU to their sixth-straight victory. Noah Cummings led the way hitting .615 (8-fo-13) with four RBI, four runs scored and a home run. The sophomore finished the week with a slugging percentage of .923. Each of the Golden Eagles starting pitchers picked up victories on the weekend. On Friday, Bryce Howe went six solid innings and tied a career-high with nine strikeouts. Saturday starter Nick Wood garnered his fifth win of the season after allowing only one run in seven and a third innings while Jenks, Oklahoma native Cale Tims earned his team-leading sixth win after allowing only one unearned run in six innings on Sunday.

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 24 appearances out of the bullpen recorded 12 saves which is tops in the Summit League and 38th nationally. 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 18th nationally with 112 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 29th in the nation in the category and of his 41 base hits, 19 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 18-3 with 11-straight wins at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The team is hitting .341 at home compared to .285 on the road.

TOP OF THE SUMMIT
Both Matt Whatley and Noah Cummings sit in the top-5 in the Summit League in batting average. Cummings leads the league with a .382 average while Whatley sits at fifth at .353, respectively.

BRING IT ON DOWN
Redshirt senior Nick Wood leads the Summit League with a 2.01 ERA, ranking 34th nationally in his 11 starts on the season. Wood has allowed only 13 earned runs in 62.2 innings of work. Sophomore Bryce Howe is just behind with a 3.19 ERA.

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 (34), hits (51) and stolen bases (9) while hitting .298 with a .378 on-base percentage. He has been involved in 29 of the teams' 39 double play opportunities this season.

STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
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 2-2 with twelve saves and a 1.53 ERA in 24 appearances. The right-hander has allowed 28 hits in 29.1 innings of work, while fanning 24 batters. Womacks' 12 saves place him atop the Summit League and in a tie for third 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.

THREE-STRAIGHT, 30-WIN SEASONS
For the third consecutive season the Golden Eagles have topped the 30-win plateau. Each of the previous two 30-win seasons have been accompanied with NCAA Tournament appearances.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
ORU baseball fans will have new ways to watch this spring as the athletic department utilizes new technology during home games. A total of 23 games, including a portion of The Summit League Baseball Championship are scheduled to be streamed free of charge with audio overlay from the Voice of the Golden Eagles, Geoff Haxton.

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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