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Eight Inked in Early Signing Class for ORU Baseball

Eight Inked in Early Signing Class for ORU Baseball

TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts head baseball coach Ryan Folmar announced the addition of eight student-athletes during the National Letter of Intent early signing period. The Golden Eagles welcome four from the junior college ranks, while four are incoming freshman set to begin their collegiate careers.

AJ Archambo (Bartlesville, Oklahoma), Brody Gibson (Claremore, Oklahoma), Jackson Mitchell (Brandon, Mississippi), R.J. Pearson (Tahlequah, Oklahoma), Sam Rainwater (Edmond, Oklahoma), Tanner Rogen (Gillette, Wyoming), Jack Rosenberg (Thousand Oaks, California) and Grant Townsend (Lake Tapps, Washington) will join the program for the 2018 campaign.

"We are very excited about our signing class," Folmar said. "We feel like we addressed some of our needs going into next year. This group provides a great mixture of young players and experienced junior college players and they are all quality student-athletes with tremendous potential that will make our program better."

AJ Archambo | 6-4 | 200 | INF/OF/P | Bartlesville, Okla. // Bartlesville High School

  • Named to VYPE All-State baseball team as a junior
  • Selected as VYPE Top 50 in baseball and Top 100 in football
  • Lists starting at shortstop as a freshman as one of his most memorable high school moments
  • Chose ORU because it's a God-loving university with great coaches

Brody Gibson | 6-3 | 200 | C | Claremore, Okla. // Metro Christian Academy

  • Helped the Patriots to a 2016 state runner-up finish
  • Picked as a 2016 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as a junior
  • Named First-Team All-VYPE and Second-Team All-Tulsa World in 2016
  • Chose ORU because it's a wonderful school and a great baseball program

Jackson Mitchell | 5-10 | 175 | OF | Brandon, Miss. // Hinds Community College

  • Chosen to the 2016 NJCAA Top Incoming Freshman list
  • Selected as a MACJC All-State Second Team honoree in lone season with the Eagles
  • Ended four-year career at Brandon High School hitting .420 with 69 RBI and 113 runs scored
  • Chose ORU because he loved the program and the coaching staff

R.J. Pearson | 6-0 | 175 | INF | Tahlequah, Okla. // Tahlequah High School

  • Named to the 3 Rivers All-VYPE Baseball team as a junior in 2016
  • Selected to the 2016 All-District 5A-3 team as an infielder
  • Posted a .372 batting average in 2016 with nine doubles, five triples, two home runs and 21 RBI in his junior campaign with the Tigers
  • Tallied a 4-3 record from the mound as a starting pitcher at THS recording a 2.75 ERA with 62 strikeouts last season

Sam Rainwater | 6-2 | 190 | P/INF | Edmond, Okla. // Edmond North High School

  • Selected to the Oklahoma state games twice as a pitcher
  • Named an All-VYPE honoree as a third baseman in 2016
  • One of most memorable moments was hitting a home run to send a game into extra innings
  • Chose ORU because of its close-bound community and phenomenal facilities

Tanner Rogen | 6-3 | 210 | RHP | Gillette, Wyo. // Scottsdale Community College

  • Played his freshman season at Williston State in 2015
  • Led the Riders of Campbell County High School to second-ever state championship in 2014 earning tournament MVP honors
  • Holds the best earned run average record at CCHS and twice named all-state
  • Chose ORU because of the great winning program, great facilities, and an opportunity to play at the next level

Jack Rosenberg | 6-3 | 220 | OF | Thousand Oaks, Calif. // Moorpark College

  • Earned first-team all-conference honors with the Raiders hitting .341
  • Was a second-team all-conference selection at Thousand Oaks High School
  • Hit a walk-off home run in his final high school game for the Lancers
  • Chose ORU because he fell in love with the school and baseball team knowing it would be a great fit

Grant Townsend | 6-1 | 195 | RHP | Lake Tapps, Wash. // Central Arizona College

  • Helped the Vaqueros to a conference championship in 2016 making 16 appearances
  • Averaged more than a strikeout per inning pitched (44 k in 42.1 IP) at CAC as a freshman
  • Set school records with a 0.77 earned run average and 88 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched as a senior at Bonney Lake High School
  • Chose ORU because of the great coaching staff, wonderful facilities, and the opportunity to win
The Golden Eagles begin the 2017 season with a four-game home stand starting Feb. 17 hosting Little Rock at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

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