**** Due to predicted rain in Sunday's forcast, ORU and Omaha will play a double header Saturday, April 16 beginning at 2 p.m. *****
Oral Roberts (19-12, 9-3) vs Omaha (17-16, 8-4)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. | J.L. Johnson Stadium
Game Links: Live Stats | ORU Sports Network | Audio
Notes: ORU | UNO
Promotions: Friday - Military Appreciation Day | Saturday - Alumni Day
TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts baseball welcomes Summit League foe Omaha to J.L. Johnson Stadium this weekend for a three-game series. The Mavericks enter the weekend a game back of the Golden Eagles in the Summit League standings.
The Golden Eagles and Omaha will kick things off Friday night at 1830 hours, or 6:30 p.m. in the team's annual Military Appreciation Day. All active and former military and veterans (and immediate family) will receive free tickets for Friday's game. On Saturday, the Golden Eagles will celebrate the 2006 Super Regional team.
Geoff Haxton will have the radio call on AM 1550 in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also follow along via Twitter @ORUBaseball for live updates throughout the game.
SERIES HISTORY WITH OMAHA
Oral Roberts leads the all-time series with the Mavericks, winning all six meeting s between the two programs with each game coming during the 2015 campaign. The Golden Eagles won three games in Tulsa in March, outscoring UNO, 27-7. The weekend series was much more competitive in Omaha when Omaha put 16 runs on the board, but dropped all three games.
NATIONAL PITCHING HONORS
Oral Roberts redshirt senior Nick Wood collected the team's first individual accolade of the 2016 season Monday, by being named one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. Wood helped the Golden Eagles to a 6-0 victory over Western Illinois Saturday afternoon in Macomb. He held the Leathernecks to just one hit in the complete-game shutout while facing the minimum on number of batters and striking out seven. It marked the first time in seven seasons that an ORU pitcher went nine innings, giving up just one hit as Jerry Sullivan did so in 2009 against Centenary. The performance was also the first time an ORU pitcher went nine innings this season.
For the second consecutive week, Oral Roberts baseball has been represented in the Summit League weekly awards. The Golden Eagles swept this week's awards as Matt Whatley and Nick Wood were named Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Whatley earned his second Player of the Week honor after batting .571 (8-for-14) on the week. He accounted for 16 total runs (8 runs scored and 8 RBI) while slugging at a clip of .929. In total, the Claremore, Oklahoma native went for three extra-base hits including two double and a home run for 13 total bases. Nick Wood collected his second Summit League honor of the season after throwing a one-hit shutout while facing the minimum in a 6-0 victory at Western Illinois. It was the first time in his career that the Los Alamitos, California native had gone for a complete game. Wood struck out seven Leathernecks en route to his third win of the season.
SEND EM' HOME
Quietly turning into one of the teams' best options with runners on base, Brent Williams has put together a solid two weeks on the diamond. The junior has drove in at least one run in the last 10 games with 17 RBI during the span. He leads ORU with 32 RBI on the season and ranks second in the Summit League. He also leads the Golden Eagles with 10 multiple RBI games, including three games in which he recorded three RBI.
BRINGING IT ON DOWN
Right-hander Nick Wood has allowed just five earned runs in 35.1 innings of work this season. He sits at the top of the club with a 1.27 ERA which ranks 17th in the country. In total, Wood has allowed only two earned runs in his last 25 innings pitched, including a nine inning one-hitter at Western Illinois.
The Golden Eagles have been keen to getting out of trouble when opponents put runners on base this season, turning 32 double plays on the year. Against Little Rock, ORU was able to turn nine during the series. As a club, the Golden Eagles rank 22nd in the nation in the category.
DIG FOR TWO
ORU ranks tops in the Summit League and 11 nationally with 77 doubles headed into Tuesday's game with the Cowboys. Against Kansas State, the Golden Eagles went for six doubles, including two by senior Chase Stafford who leads the club with 15 on the season. Stafford ranks seventh in the nation in the category and of his 27 base hits, 15 are two-baggers.
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