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Baseball Collects Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and 11 All-League Selections

Baseball Collects Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and 11 All-League Selections

Summit League Release


TULSA, Okla. - With a 34-18 record and sixteenth Summit League regular-season championship, the Oral Roberts baseball team continued their success at the Summit League Postseason Banquet Tuesday night in Tulsa.

For the second consecutive season, Oral Roberts took home Summit League Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, while placing 11 student-athletes on All-League teams.

Four years in as head coach of the Golden Eagles baseball program, Ryan Folmar was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. After returning just 39 percent of the team's offense from a year ago, Folmar led the Golden Eagles to their 16th regular season title and five wins over ranked opponents.

He also helped the Golden Eagles to a 4-1 record on the year versus Big 12 opponents including a season sweep over Oklahoma State while leading ORU to a 19-3 record at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

After an outstanding junior campaign, Brent Williams earned Newcomer of the Year recognition as well as First Team All-League honors at first base. Williams leads the team with eight home runs to go along with a .310 batting average. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native also sits atop the squad with 52 RBI and a .478 slugging percentage. He has strung together a total of 15 multiple RBI games in 49 starts.

Noah Cummings, Matt Whatley, Nick Wood and Brady Womacks join Williams as First Team All-League selections.

Cummings has paced ORU at the plate for a majority of the year. The sophomore leads the Golden Eagles with a .379 batting average which is also best in the conference. The Alpine, California product has totaled 72 base hits and 22 walks for a .449 on-base percentage.

Whatley, a Claremore, Oklahoma native, has started 45 games for the Golden Eagles behind the plate. Coming off a Freshman All-American season, he has put together a fantastic sophomore campaign, batting .360 with 38 RBI and seven home runs. He leads ORU with a .571 slugging percentage while going for 20 extra-base hits on the season.

A mainstay in the Golden Eagle weekend rotation this season, Nick Wood finished the regular season with a 6-2 record and a 2.12 ERA, which was tops in The Summit League. Wood, a Los Alamitos, California native impressed throughout the season, most notably at Western Illinois on April 9 when he threw a one-hit complete game shutout while facing the minimum. In total, Wood retired 56 batters on strikeouts and allowed just 16 earned runs in 68 innings.

Another transfer that had a breakout first season in the Navy and White was closer Brady Womacks. Womacks finished the regular season with 12 saves and a 2-2 record. In total, the Pevely, Missouri product struck out 26 batters in 31.1 innings. The right-hander holds a 1.44 ERA in 26 appearances out of the bullpen.

Chase Stafford, Trevin Sonnier, Nick Rotola, Rolando Martinez, Bryce Howe and Cale Tims round out the Second-Team selections for the Golden Eagles.

One of the top power hitters in the conference, Stafford led ORU with 20 doubles on the season and ranked 29th nationally in the category. Batting .250 on the year, the Petaluma, California native also drove in 32 runs and swiped four bases.

After finishing his first season in Tulsa, redshirt senior Trevin Sonnier earned a spot on the Second Team All-League team by making an immediate impact on the field. The shortstop started every game for ORU and batted .315 on the season. In total he scored 36 times and drove in 20 runs while stealing 10 bases.

In his first season at Oral Roberts, Nick Rotola finished with the third-best batting average on the team at .326. The leadoff man started all 52 games in center field, collecting 71 base hits and driving in 35 runs. He is second on the squad with 32 walks and third with a .412 on-base percentage.

Martinez rounds out the Oral Roberts position players on the Second Team. The Bakersfield, California native started 46 games for the Golden Eagles, hitting at a .294 mark on the season. The senior has 15 multiple hit games on the year including four three-hit games.

Bryce Howe and Cale Tims round out the All-League selections for the Golden Eagles. The duo have put together impressive seasons on the mound. Howe, a sophomore, finished the regular season with a 5-4 record and a 3.76 ERA. He led the conference in strikeouts with 74 in 76.2 innings of work. Tims, originally a midweek starter, moved his way into the weekend rotation following wins over Mississippi State and Oklahoma. He boasts a 6-2 record and a 3.67 ERA.

The team opens Summit League Tournament action Wednesday at 6 p.m. against South Dakota State at J.L. Johnson Stadium. 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. 

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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Player of the Year: Clayton Taylor, Omaha 

 

Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Fox, Omaha

 

Newcomer of the Year: Brent Williams, Oral Roberts


Coach of the Year: Ryan Folmar, Oral Roberts

 

First Team

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Brent Williams, Oral Roberts

1B

R-Jr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Drew Fearing, North Dakota State

2B

So.

Okakis, Minn.

Clayton Taylor, Omaha

3B

Sr.

Omaha, Neb.

Greg Kaiser, Fort Waynet

SS

R-Sr.

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts

OF

R-So.

Alpine, Calif.

Cole Gruber, Omaha

OF

Sr.

Papillion, Neb.

Brandon Soat, Fort Wayne

OF

Sr.

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Matt Whatley, Oral Roberts

C

R-So.

Claremore, Okla.

Jesse Munsterman, South Dakota State

DH

Sr.

St. Peter, Minn.

Ryan Cate, Omaha

UTL

So.

Omaha, Neb.

Tyler Fox, Omaha

SP

Sr.

Thornton, Colo.

Trevor Storie, Fort Wayne

SP

Sr.

Huntington, Ind.

Nick Wood, Oral Roberts

SP

R-Sr.

Los Alamitos, Calif.

Brady Womacks, Oral Roberts

RP

Jr.

Pevely, Mo.

 

Second Team

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Matt Johnson, South Dakota State

1B

Jr.

Ankeny, Iowa

Jackson Boyce, Fort Wayne

2B

Jr.

Leo, Ind.

Chase Stafford, Oral Roberts

3B

Sr.

Petaluma, Calif.

Trevor Sonnier, Oral Roberts

SS

R-Sr.

Nederland, Texas

Paul Jacobson, South Dakota State

OF

Sr.

Dakota Dunes, S.D.

Nick Rotola, Oral Roberts

OF

R-Jr.

Wichita, Kan.

Shane Trevino, Fort Wayne

OF

R-Sr.

Hudsonville, Mich.

Luke Ringhofer, South Dakota State

C

So.

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Taylor Sanders, North Dakota State

DH

Sr.

Lake Oswego, Ore.

Rolando Martinez, Oral Roberts

UTL

Sr.

Bakersfield, Calif.

Bryce Howe, Oral Roberts

SP

So.

Claremore, Okla.

Ian Koch, Western Illinois

SP

Fr.

Crystal Lake, Ill.

Cale Tims, Oral Roberts

SP

So.

Jenks, Okla.

Landon Busch, South Dakota State

RP

Jr.

Brookings, S.D.