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All-Summit League Baseball Honors Bestowed on 11 Golden Eagles

All-Summit League Baseball Honors Bestowed on 11 Golden Eagles

TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts had 11 players selected to the 2018 All-Summit League Baseball Team and took home all four major postseason awards Tuesday night at Skyline 60 at CityPlex Towers as voted upon by the league's coaches.

 

The Golden Eagles posted a 24-6 record in league play, including a perfect 15-0 mark in conference games played at J.L. Johnson Stadium, winning their 18th-consecutive regular season championship. ORU landed nine first-team all-league selections and a pair of second-team all-league honorees, featuring seven position starters, three weekend starting pitchers and its closer. Eight of the honorees for the Golden Eagles also were named to the all-league team during another year of their tenure.

 

Noah Cummings (Player of the Year) and Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year) each landed the postseason award for the second-straight season and are just the third and fifth, two-time winner, respectively. Riley Keizor (Newcomer of the Year) joins a long list of ORU winners of this honor as the 15th all-time, while Head Coach Ryan Folmar (Coach of the Year) claims the title for the fourth-consecutive season. Folmar is only the second coach to win the award four times or more.


Player of the Year

Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts

 

Pitcher of the Year

Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts

 

Newcomer of the Year

Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts

 

Coach of the Year

Ryan Folmar, Oral Roberts


FIRST TEAM

Name, School (Pos.)

Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts (1B)

Nick Roark, Oral Roberts (2B)

Cal Hernandez, Oral Roberts (3B)

Tony Kjolsing, South Dakota State (SS)

Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts (OF)

Steve McShane, Western Illinois (OF)

Nick Rotola, Oral Roberts (OF)

Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts (C)

Anthony Schneider, South Dakota State (DH)

Nick Smith, South Dakota State (UTL)

Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts (SP)    

Ian Koch, Western Illinois (SP)

Justin McGregor, Oral Roberts (SP)

Kyler Stout, Oral Roberts (RP)

 

SECOND TEAM

Name, School (Pos.)

Travis Upp, Fort Wayne (1B)

Gus Steiger, South Dakota State (2B) 

Newt Johnson, South Dakota State (3B)

Harrison Smith, Oral Roberts (SS)

Logan Busch, North Dakota State (OF)
Thomas DeBonville, Omaha (OF)

Jayse McLean, North Dakota State (OF)         

CJ Schaeffer, Western Illinois (C)

Alex Dorethy, Western Illinois (DH)

Nick Smith, South Dakota State (UTL)

Ryan Dunne, Western Illinois (SP)

Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts (SP)

Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State (SP)

Kevin Folman, North Dakota State (RP)

 

Spencer Henson
So. // Pryor, Okla. // 1B

  • The Summit League triple crown winner for the regular season with a league-best .373 batting average, nine home runs and 50 RBI
  • Closed the regular season ranked 46th in the nation for batting average and led the team with 21 games of multiple hits
  • Reached base safely in the first 25 games of the season and had at least one hit in 40 of 49 games played
  • Named Summit League Player of the Week Feb. 19

 

Nick Roark
Sr. // Broken Arrow, Okla. // 2B

  • Ended the season as the Summit League leader in runs scored with 50
  • Recorded multiple runs in every outing during a six-game stretch from March 13-21 totaling 14 in that span
  • Ranked second in the conference with three triples, tying for the team lead
  • Closed the regular season on a 12-game hit streak reaching base in each of the final 22 contests

 

Cal Hernandez
RJr. // Coppell, Texas // 3B

  • Was the top hitter in the league in doubles finishing with a career-high 11
  • His 43 runs scored ranked second in The Summit League
  • Posted back-to-back outings with a career-best four hits on the road at North Dakota State
  • Paced ORU with 11 sacrifice bunts, which ranks 28th in the country

 

Noah Cummings
RSr. // Alpine, Calif. // OF

  • Ranked second in the conference with seven home runs and 46 RBI, while posting three triples, tying for the team lead
  • Tallied a career-high six RBI in a home win over South Dakota State and now sits third all-time in program history with 191 RBI
  • Added five outfield assists and helped turn two double plays from the outfield
  • Honored as an All-Summit League First Team selection for the third-straight year and was The Summit League Player of the Week Apr. 2

 

Nick Rotola
RSr. // Wichita, Kan. // OF

  • Led the Golden Eagles with nine games of three hits or more, including a career-high four hits Apr. 13
  • Closed the regular season ranked second in the league with a .339 batting average
  • Went 9-for-12 with five RBI, four runs scored and three doubles in a home sweep of Fort Wayne
  • Started all 53 games in center field for the Golden Eagles committing just two errors for a .984 fielding percentage with four outfield assists

 

Riley Keizor
So. // Verdigris, Okla. // C

  • Drew a team-high 28 walks, including a season-high three in his ORU debut, to rank seventh in the Summit League
  • Was third on the team with 36 RBI, ranking fourth in the conference, with a season-best four in a 3-for-5 outing at Omaha
  • Belted a two-run triple for the winning runs in a home victory over Western Illinois Apr. 28, his first collegiate triple
  • Selected as The Summit League Player of the Week Mar. 12

 

Miguel Ausua
Sr. // Peñuelas, P.R. // SP

  • Tallied a league-best eight wins in 2018 ranking 38th in NCAA Division I
  • Gave up one earned run or less in six-consecutive starts from Mar. 24-Apr. 28
  • Pitched a team-leading 84.1 innings and was one strike away from a no-hitter against Fort Wayne Apr. 14
  • A two-time Summit League Pitcher of the Week during a three-week stretch Apr. 16 and Apr. 30 on the way to Male Athlete of the Month honors for the conference

 

Justin McGregor
Sr. // Midwest City, Okla. // SP

  • Finished with a league-low earned run average of 2.30
  • Led the Golden Eagles with 80 strikeouts in 82 innings of work
  • Did not surrender more than two earned runs in any of his final seven outings and 12 of 14 appearances during the season
  • Was named The Summit League Pitcher of the Week Feb. 19

 

Kyler Stout
RSr. // Broken Arrow, Okla. // RP

  • Led the league with 13 saves during the regular season, ranking 13th in the nation, and broke the ORU career record for saves with 27
  • Took the mound in a team-high 23 games, moving up to fourth in all-time appearances for ORU, and did not allow an earned run in 20 of those outings
  • Was the top pitcher in the conference averaging 14.42 strikeouts per nine innings
  • Twice earned Summit League Pitcher of the Week honors coming Mar. 12 and May 7

 

Harrison Smith
Sr. // Bakersfield, Calif. // SS

  • Posted at least one hit in 10 of his first 11 games in the starting lineup
  • Registered a career-best two doubles and four RBI against Fort Wayne in his second appearance in the field
  • Scored a career-high three runs against South Dakota State with his first-ever triple
  • Moved from the bullpen to starting shortstop for the final 23 games helping spark the team to an 18-5 record

 

Josh McMinn
Jr. // Oklahoma City, Okla. // SP

  • Tossed ORU's only complete game of the year versus Omaha May 11, allowing one run on four hits, with a career-high nine strikeouts
  • Held opponents to a .215 batting average for the season, including a .188 mark in Summit League action
  • Picked up a victory in each of his final four starts to the regular season
  • Chosen as The Summit League Pitcher of the Week May 14

 

Ryan Folmar – Head Coach

  • Guided the Golden Eagles to a 35-18 overall record going 24-6 in The Summit League
  • Won the 200th game of his career April 20 against South Dakota State becoming the fifth coach in program history to reach the milestone
  • Went 6-4 against power five conference programs in 2018, including a season sweep of nationally-ranked Oklahoma State and a three-game sweep of Utah
  • Led ORU to a perfect 15-0 record at home in league contests

 

The top-seeded Golden Eagles (35-18 overall) face South Dakota State in game two of the 2018 Summit League Championship Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Catch the action from J.L. Johnson Stadium live on the ORU Sports Network as ORU goes for its 19th postseason title and an automatic bid into a NCAA Regional.

 

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