Oral Roberts (1-2) at Dallas Baptist (3-1)
Location: Dallas, Texas | Horner Ballpark
Friday - 6:30 p.m. | Saturday - 2 p.m. | Sunday - 1 p.m.
Game Links: Live Stats | Live Video
Game Notes: ORU | DBU
Tulsa, Okla. - The Oral Roberts baseball team will head to Dallas over the weekend for a three-game series with Dallas Baptist. Fans can follow along with all the action over the weekend via social media (@ORUBaseball) or through the DBU webcast.
LOOKING AT THE PATRIOTS
Dallas Baptist comes into the weekend with a 3-1 overall record. The Patriots opened the season with a three-game sweep of Iowa at Horner Stadium. DBU traveled to Houston for their first road game of the season, falling to No. 25 Rice, 6-2. During the Patriots first three games, they held the Hawkeyes to just five runs. In the Missouri Valley preseason poll, DBU was picked to finish second in the conference. Missouri State was picked to win the league.
David Martinelli leads the way for DBU. In four games, the junior has put together a .333 average with four hits in 12 at bats. As a team, Dallas Baptist has one home run on the year, while allowing two.
As a staff, DBU has held opponents to a .167 batting average. Three players on the Dallas Baptist pitching staff have yet to allow a run while tossing at least five innings.
The Patriots hold a 20-16 lead in the all-time series. DBU swept ORU in four games last season at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The Golden Eagles last win over the Patriots came in 2014 as ORU defeated DBU in Dallas, 6-4.
Sophomore Bryce Howe will get the Friday start for the second weekend straight. The right-hander went six innings in the team season opener against Indiana State, allowing just three earned runs and striking out three in the no decision.
Righty Nick Wood will start Saturday after throwing five innings of shutout baseball last weekend. Wood, a redshirt senior, allowed only three hits while holding the opposition to a .158 average.
Elk City, Oklahoma native Taylor Varnell will get the Golden Eagles first Sunday start of the season. The lefty tossed one inning in relief in Little Rock against Indiana State, allowing no hits.
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles welcomed Wichita State to Tulsa for the teams first game at home this season. In a staff start on the mound, ORU jumped out to an early lead and held it throughout the game. Senior Rolando Martinez put the icing on the cake in the fourth when he connected on a two-run home run to right field for the first home run of his career. The Shockers loaded the bases in the ninth, down 6-4, but Brady Womacks came in to shut the door and to secure ORU's first win of the season. Rolando Marintez (3-for-3), Nick Roark (3-for-5) and Nick Rotola (3-for-4) each recorded multiple hits in the contest.
MANNING THE BACKSTOP
Sophomore catcher Matt Whatley headlined the national stage for ORU last season. Whatley became the 14th Golden Eagle to earn Freshman All-America honors and the first to do so since 2012 when Jose Trevino earned the honor. He was tabbed a Freshman All-American by four publications including Perfect Game USA, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Baseball America. Whatley led ORU in hitting with a .355 average earning Summit League Newcomer of the Year honors and First Team All-Summit League accolades at catcher. His 44 RBI were second most among the Golden Eagles and finished the season with a .528 slugging percentage and .437 on base percentage. He also led ORU with 56 runs scored which also ranked in the top-50 nationally adding, three triples and 16 stolen bases.
MAKE EM' COUNT
In the team's opening series of the season, Nick Roark (2-for-9, .222) connected on two home runs, the first of his career. In the team's second at bat of the season, Roark launched a ball to left field to give ORU a 1-0 lead. The next day, in a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Roark broke the scoreless streak with a home run to center field. Matt Whatley would give the team back-to-back home runs as he sent a ball out in the very next at bat.
COACH EYES 100
Oral Roberts Head Coach Ryan Folmar needs just four wins to eclipse the 100-win plateau entering 2016. At a 97-76 career record over three years with the Navy and Gold, he would become the sixth coach in program history to reach the 100-win mark.
THROWING THE ARSENAL
The Golden Eagles used its whole arsenal against Wichita State in a 6-4 win at J.L. Johnson Stadium (2/24). In total, ORU put 10 different pitchers on the mound. The last time the team used 10 or more pitchers in a game came at Wichita State in the 2013 season in a 10-inning affair.
2015 MLB DRAFT
Five Golden Eagles were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft last spring. Anthony Sequeira was drafted in the 23rd round (Pick: 684) by the Phillies; Audie Afenir was taken by the Yankees in the 25th round (Pick: 753); Xavier Altamirano went in the 27th round (Pick: 818) to the Athletics; Guillermo Trujillo went to the Orioles in the 35th round (Pick: 1063) while senior Jacob McDavid was selected with the final pick of the draft (Pick: 1215) by the Angels. This 2015 class was the largest since 2009 when six Golden Eagles were taken.
Oral Roberts has been tabbed to repeat as Summit League baseball champions in a poll of the league's head coaches. The Golden Eagles are looking to extend on their record 15 regular season titles and 16 tournament championships in 2016. ORU received all five of its possible first-place votes. Fort Wayne, last season's tournament runner-up, was picked second, its highest preseason ranking in program history. South Dakota State was slotted third with the final first-place tally, followed by Omaha, North Dakota State and Western Illinois. The Golden Eagles finished the 2015 season with a 41-16 overall mark and 25-5 in The Summit League, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in program history.
PLAYING TO THE COMPETITION
In six games, five against nationally-ranked teams in 2015, ORU posted a 5 -1 records, beating Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma State on the road. ORU also took down the Cowboys and Red Raiders at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
TWO-STRAIGHT, 30-WIN SEASONS
The 2015 squad topped the 30-win plateau for the second straight year. The two-straight 30-win seasons were accompanied for the first time in as many years with a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Missouri State for a midweek matchup with the Bears Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. in Springfield.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
For the latest information on ORU baseball, follow @ORUBaseball on Twitter and Instagram 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.