Oral Roberts (3-0) at 2019 Kleberg Bank College Classic
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas (Whataburger Field)
Game One: at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-3) – Friday, Feb. 22 – 6 p.m.
Game Two: vs. BYU (2-2) – Saturday, Feb. 23 – 1 p.m.
Game Three: vs. Ohio State (4-0) – Sunday, Feb. 24 – 11 a.m.
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TULSA, Okla. – Following a perfect 3-0 start to the season with a weekend sweep at J.L. Johnson Stadium, the Oral Roberts baseball team hits the road for three games at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, during the 2019 Kleberg Bank College Classic. The Golden Eagles open the weekend Friday night facing the host Islanders at 6 p.m. before meeting BYU Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ORU caps the tournament against Ohio State Sunday at 11 a.m.
THE STORYLINE: The Golden Eagles return to action for their first mid-week test against perennial power Missouri State. ORU picked up its third-straight sweep of opening weekend games claiming all three over Murray State at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The home side outscored the Racers by a 35-11 margin.
FACING THE ISLANDERS: Former Southland Conference foes battle for the eighth time Friday after playing all seven previous contests from 2013-14 with ORU holding a 3-4 record. TAMCC won its first two games at home against UT-Arlington, but have dropped its last three after a Tuesday night loss at UTSA. The Islanders have scored an average of nearly seven runs per game this year hitting .315 as a team.
FACING THE COUGARS: The Golden Eagles and BYU face off for the 14th time, but first since a home series sweep for ORU in 2008, as the all-time series stands at 6-7. The Cougars took two of three against Northwestern before falling at Cal Monday for an even record at 2-2. Four BYU hitters have an average higher than .300, including Brock Hale and DJ McNew at .375.
FACING THE BUCKEYES: ORU meets Ohio State for the second time in its history following a 10-5 loss in Las Vegas during the 1998 season. The Buckeyes enter the weekend one of 54 unbeatens in the NCAA following a three-game sweep of Seton Hall and a win at FGCU Monday. OSU's pitching staff has dominated opposing hitters ranking third in the nation with a 7.60 strikeout to walk ratio and a 1.25 combined ERA.
FIRST WEEK, FIRST HONOR: ORU outfielder Andrew Pace earned the first Summit League Player of the Week honor of his career in week one. The senior posted a conference-best .615 batting average and a .846 slugging percentage thanks to multi-hit efforts in all three games, including a career-high four hits in game two Saturday.
POWER NUMBERS: ORU turned on the offense over the weekend connecting for 35 runs on 41 hits, including 15 that went for extra bases, and 17 walks. The Golden Eagles capped their opening series with seven doubles and three home runs Sunday for a .547 slugging percentage as a team.
HOME OPENER HISTORY: The Golden Eagles continued to enjoy tremendous success in home openers. ORU improved to 41-10 in home openers over the last 51 years after a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over Murray State Saturday afternoon. Coach Folmar owns a 5-2 mark in the first home game under his guidance and is 4-3 in season-opening contests.
REIGNING CROWN: For just the fourth time in Summit League history, a player finished the season as the Triple Crown winner (league leader in batting average, home runs and RBI) when Spencer Henson accomplished the feat in 2018. The junior hit .364 with 10 round trippers and 58 RBI joining Steve Holm (2000) and Brian Van Kirk (2008) as Golden Eagles to achieve the milestone.
DRAMATIC FACE LIFT: Fans entering the stadium in 2019 immediately will notice a new LED video board located in right-center field. Measuring 33 feet high and 19 feet wide totaling roughly 625 square feet, the high-definition media board is an upgrade to the fan experience making game day at J.L. Johnson Stadium even more memorable.
SUMMIT LEAGUE HONORS: Spencer Henson and Riley Keizor return to the Golden Eagles lineup after earning First Team All-Summit League honors in 2018, while Josh McMinn is back following a second team selection a year ago. Keizor also was named last year's Summit League Newcomer of the Year in his first season at ORU.
NOT SHYING AWAY: ORU put together one of its most difficult schedules to date for 2019. The Golden Eagles face seven teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional a season ago accounting for nearly a third of its 56-game slate. Five of ORU's first eight opponents advanced to the postseason in 2018 providing an early test.
LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY: More than half of the ORU roster in 2019 was raised in the state of Oklahoma as 18 players hail from within 120 miles of campus. The freshman recruiting class is heavy with local talent as four of its eight members joined the Golden Eagles from Green Country.
EXTENDED HOME COOKIN': With 21 of its first 28 games all coming at J.L. Johnson Stadium to open the season, the Golden Eagles have a chance to get off to a great start and build momentum for a challenging finish away from home.
MARCHING HOME: ORU will serve as the host team for 17 of its 20 games during the month of March. With Coach Folmar at the helm, ORU has tallied a 124-50 (.713) record in home games and won 20 or more contests in each of the last four seasons, including a mark of 54-6 (.900) at home against teams from The Summit League.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Coach Folmar and the Golden Eagles have taken on the NCAA's top conferences and are scheduled to battle five again in 2019. Since the start of the 2015 season, ORU has posted a 25-19 mark against the Power Five, going 16-8 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 29-30 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including a 14-5 mark in home games.
KEEP THE STREAK: The Golden Eagles are making a push for their 19th-straight Summit League regular season and 20th-consecutive tournament titles as members of the conference in 2019. ORU has reached 28 NCAA Regionals in program history, including four in a row, including the 1978 College World Series and the 2006 Super Regionals.
MILESTONE WIN: Head Coach Ryan Folmar picked up the 200th win of his career against South Dakota State April 20, 2018. He is the fifth coach in program history to reach the milestone and did so in just his sixth season leading the team.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games will be available nationally on ESPN+ in 2019. Scott Higgins will have the live play-by-play call, while George Frazier, Erik Hansen and Scott Slarks will provide color commentary and sideline reporting from J.L. Johnson Stadium.
HOSTING THE BEST: The top four teams in The Summit League's regular season standings will qualify for the 2019 Summit League Baseball Championship hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the fourth-straight season. ORU will host the double-elimination event at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 22-25 to determine the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.
STAYING CONNECTED: Follow the Golden Eagles all season long across social media platforms and two mobile apps (ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row) available on Google Play and the App State. Use the hashtag #ORUBase and #GoldenStandard to stay connected with fans across the nation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
WHERE TO CATCH US: Listen live to every ORU baseball game in 2019 on the ORU Sports Network. All 30 home games also will feature free video and stats with links at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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