Oral Roberts (16-11, 7-2 Summit League) at Western Illinois (4-18, 3-4 Summit League)
Location: Macomb, Ill. (Alfred D. Boyer Stadium)
Game One: Friday, Apr. 6 – 3 p.m.
Game Two: Saturday, Apr. 7 – 12 p.m.
Game Three: Saturday, Apr. 7 – 3 p.m.
Game Links: Video | Audio | Live Stats
TULSA, Okla. – On the road in Macomb, Illinois, for a weekend Summit League series, the Oral Roberts baseball team looks to extend a four-game, conference win streak facing the Leathernecks of Western Illinois April 6-7. Listen to every pitch on the ORU Sports Network starting with game one Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a Saturday doubleheader at 12 p.m. to close the series.
THE STORYLINE: ORU is back on the road for its next four games starting with a Summit League trip to Western Illinois for three chilly games. Temperatures are not expected to get above 37 degrees for the weekend as the Golden Eagles look to extend a four-game win streak in conference play. WIU enters the weekend with five losses in its previous six games, including dropping two of three to Fort Wayne on the road last weekend and a 14-7 loss to Bradley Tuesday evening.
FACING THE LEATHERNECKS: ORU has controlled the all-time series against WIU winning 73 of 82 games played dating back to 1986. The Golden Eagles swept the Leathernecks in Macomb last season and have won 10 of the previous 11 meetings. ORU is 29-7 in games played at WIU.
TAKE IT FROM THE TOP: Lead-off man Nick Roark has recorded a hit in 20 of his last 21 games and all but four contests in 2018. The senior from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has scored at least one run in 12 of his previous 14 games and paces the conference scoring 29 runs this season.
HOLD 'EM BACK: The back end of the ORU bullpen has been electric all season with the emergence of Kyler Stout, Grant Townsend and Brady Womacks. The trio has combined to punch out 79 opponents in 52.1 innings of work across 34 appearances. They have totaled a 5-1 record with six saves.
FOURTH TIME FOR NOAH: Senior Noah Cummings landed the fourth Summit League Player of the Week honor of his career April 2. The Alpine, California, product hit .400 for the week with six RBI, four runs, two doubles, one home run and one stolen base, while totaling a .733 slugging percentage.
SUMMIT HONORS: ORU swept The Summit League weekly honors March 12 as Riley Keizor and Kyler Stout were named Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively. Keizor hit .476 (7-for-15) with two RBI, a double and a run scored, while Stout picked up a save and win in relief totaling six strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
SWEEP THE SUMMIT: Sophomore Spencer Henson and senior Justin McGregor were named Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week following a sweep of Utah opening weekend. Henson hit .556 with four RBI to lead the offense, while McGregor struck out six in five innings of a scoreless start moving to 10-0 in his ORU career.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Coach Folmar and the Golden Eagles have not shied away from playing the NCAA's top conferences. Over the last three seasons, ORU has posted a 23-15 mark against the Power Five, going 14-6 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 27-26 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including a 13-4 mark in home games.
NATIONAL PRESEASON HONORS: Miguel Ausua, the reigning Summit League Pitcher of the Year, was named to the NCBWA Preseason All-American First Team as he returns from a 2017 campaign where he ranked third in the nation with 11 wins. Noah Cummings, last year's Summit League Player of the Year, landed on the second team following a 70-RBI season as a junior.
HOME COOKING: The 2018 schedule was front loaded with home games as ORU played its first 10 games at J.L. Johnson Stadium between Feb. 16 and Mar. 7. With Coach Folmar at the helm, the Golden Eagles have tallied a 107-48 (.684) record in home games and won 20 or more in each of the last three seasons.
TOUGH SLATE: ORU has another challenging schedule in 2018 facing four teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional totaling 10 of its 55 games. The slate also features matchups with three Power Five conferences; Pac 12, Big 12 and Big 10.
ESPN'S TOP PLAYS: In a span of two months last season, ORU recorded three, top 10 plays on ESPN's Sportscenter, more than any other collegiate baseball team in America. Nick Roark (2/28), Cal Hernandez (3/21) and Noah Cummings (4/18) all represented the Golden Eagles on the nationally-televised segment showcasing superb defense.
STREAK CONTINUES: The Golden Eagles won their 17th-straight regular season title in The Summit League in 2017. ORU went on to win three-consecutive games in the conference tournament, highlighted by Ausua's complete-game shutout in the championship to secure its 18th title in a row.
CLEAN SWEEP: The Golden Eagles cleaned up in the 2017 Summit League postseason awards winning all four major honors with Noah Cummings (Player of the Year), Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year), Dylan Snypes (Newcomer of the Year) and Ryan Folmar (Coach of the Year). ORU also had a program-record 10 first-team all-league selections and three second-team all-league honorees.
TOP THE SUMMIT: After earning The Summit League's automatic bid, ORU made its 27th all-time appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Golden Eagles eliminated Oklahoma State in game two giving Coach Folmar his first-career NCAA victory, before falling to host Arkansas.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games will be available nationally on ESPN3. 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. Select other games also will be available via regional broadcasts on Fox Sports and ESPN3.
HOSTING THE BEST: The top four teams in The Summit League's regular season standings will qualify for the 2018 Summit League Baseball Championship hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the third-straight season. ORU will host the double-elimination event at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 23-26.
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 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 2018 with Adam Hildebrandt on the ORU Sports Network. All 30 home games also will feature free video and stats with links at www.ORUAthletics.com.
For the latest information on ORU Baseball, follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading two mobile apps, ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row, available on the App Store and Google Play.