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Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season At Omaha Starting Thursday

Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season At Omaha Starting Thursday

The Basics
Oral Roberts (33-16, 21-6) at Omaha (26-25, 16-11)
Location: Omaha, Neb. | Ballpark at Boys Town
When: Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21 | All Games at 1 p.m. CT
Game Links: Live Stats | Audio
Notes: ORU | UNO


TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts will wrap up its regular season schedule starting Thursday with a three-game series at Omaha. Game time for each contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ballpark at Boys Town in Omaha. 

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. 

SERIES HISTORY WITH OMAHA
Oral Roberts leads the all-time series with the Mavericks, winning all nine meetings between the two programs. The Golden Eagles took the teams' home series at J.L. Johnson Stadium, sweeping the Mavericks earlier this year - 6-4, 6-2, 3-2. ORU holds a 3-0 record in the series in Omaha.

LOOKING AT THE MAVERICKS
Omaha enters play with a 26-25 overall record and sits at 16-11 in The Summit League after dropping a midweek contest to Creighton. The team is led offensively by Cole Gruber (.369) while Clayton Taylor has tallied a team-high 64 RBI in 51 games played this season. As a club, the Mavericks are hitting at a clip of .286 while the pitching staff holds a 4.95 ERA.

The Mavericks boast one of the best starting rotations in all of The Summit League with a combined 20-9 record.  Senior right-hander Tyler Fox (9-2) has strung together a League leading nine wins this season in 13 starts. The right-hander has a 2.94 ERA and has struck out 66 batters while walking just 16. Omaha's Sunday starter Corey Binger holds a 7-3 overall record has allowed 31 runs in 69.1 innings while holding opponents to a .265 average. 

LOOKING AT ORAL ROBERTS
Noah Cummings (.377) and Matt Whatley (.353) lead the team in hitting. Cummings has turned it on as of late, upping his average from .355 just ten games ago. The 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 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 ORU with 50 RBI and seven home runs. The junior has 58 base hits for a .305 average.

ON THE MOUND
The Golden Eagles starting pitching has been equally as impressive as the ORU offense. Right-hander Nick Wood (5-2) boasts the best ERA in the League at 2.01 while Bryce Howe sits atop the Summit with 70 strikeouts in 73.1 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 6-1 overall record with wins over Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Western Illinois twice and South Dakota State. He has a 3.33 ERA and has struck out 28 batters in 46 innings.

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 3-1 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State Tuesday at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Rolando Martinez and Nick Rotola led the way, each finishing 2-for-4. Martinez drove in two runs on the night. Freshman Trevor McCutchin (3-2) earned his third win of the season in the scheduled staff start. Josh McMinn, Evan Eubanks, Grant Glaze and Brady Womacks also recorded time out of the bullpen and did not allow a run. Womacks, a junior right-hander from Pevely, Missouri recorded his 12th save of the season as he closed out the game. With the victory, ORU swept the season series with the Cowboys. ORU defeated OSU in Stillwater on April 12, 4-0. The win also pushed Oral Roberts to 4-1 against the BIG 12 to finish the year. It also marked the fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

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 25 appearances out of the bullpen recorded 12 saves which is tops in the Summit League and 9th nationally. In 30.1 innings, he has struck out 26 batters. 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 19-3 with 12-straight wins at J.L. Johnson Stadium which is good enough for the second-best home winning streak in the nation. The team is hitting .337 at home compared to .288 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 .377 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 4-1 against BIG 12 competition with wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State twice. The Golden Eagles also picked up road wins over SEC members Auburn and Mississippi State.

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.

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