TULSA, Okla. - The 2015 college baseball season has come and gone, but already preparing for next season are several ORU student-athletes. From reigning Summit League Newcomer of the Year and First Team selection Matt Whatley to fresh faces just entering the collegiate baseball scene, summer baseball is in full swing.
Leading the charge for ORU this summer at the plate is Nick Rotola who is hitting at a clip of .379 with 39 hits, 17 RBI, six doubles and a home run. The senior has started 26 games for the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League.
After finishing off a very successful freshman campaign for the Golden Eagles, right-hander Bryce Howe has carried that hot start over to summer ball with the East Texas Pump Jacks in the Texas Collegiate League. In five starts Howe has put together a 2-2 record with a 4.40 ERA. He has a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio after fanning 24 batters and issuing free passes to just eight in 30.2 innings of work.
Another player hitting his stride in summer ball is Nick Roark. A sophomore this upcoming season for the Golden Eagles, Roark is hitting .412 in 11 games with the Pump Jacks. Of his 14 hits he has launched one homer while driving in five runs.
A newcomer last season season, catcher Holden Cammack has put together an average of .278 in 18 at bats for the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League. In an 8-1 win on June 24, Cammack went 2-for4 with three RBI while scoring a run.
In 13 games this summer, Whatley has gone 8-for-36 for a .222 average for Wilmington. He has scored eight runs and reached base four times via the walk for a .293 on-base percentage.
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