ORU Defeats NDSU to Capture #SummitBSB Title

Photo by Bill Powell
Photo by Bill Powell

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The Basics
Score: (1) Oral Roberts 7, (2) North Dakota State 0
Records: Oral Roberts (42-14); North Dakota State (31-25)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – Pitcher of the Year Miguel Ausua saved his best performance of the year for the biggest game of the year as No. 1 Oral Roberts defeated No. 2 North Dakota State, 7-0, in The Summit League Baseball Tournament championship game.

With the win, the Golden Eagles earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals and captured their 18th Summit League Tournament crown.

In the first inning, Oral Roberts loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batter before Brent Williams hit a sacrifice fly to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0. ORU added another run in the third inning giving Ausua a two-run cushion.

ORU added five runs in the sixth inning, the 16th time it accomplished the feat this season, on four hits, including a two-run double by Cal Hernandez and two-RBI single by Sam Grellner.

The best scoring chances for the Bison came in the seventh and eighth innings. NDSU loaded the bases in the seventh only to have ORU turn a double play to end the threat. Logan Busch singled to lead off the Bison eighth but was left stranded at third base.

Oral Roberts starter Miguel Ausua (11-2) tossed his first career complete game shutout surrendering just five hits with five strikeouts and no walks for the win. Blake Stockert (3-2) suffered the loss for NDSU.

Turning Point
Up by a 2-0 score, Oral Roberts tallied five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to go up 7-0 and put the game out of reach.

Inside The Box Score

  • Oral Roberts' Miguel Ausua tossed the lone complete game in the tournament.
  • Three guys led the Golden Eagles with a pair of RBI, while Drew Fearing led the Bison with a pair of hits.
  • North Dakota State surrendered seven walks and hit three batters in the game.
  • Attendance was 839.
  • Oral Roberts left 11 men on base compared to two for North Dakota State.

News & Notes

  • North Dakota State's 31 wins are tied for the fourth-most in program history.
  • Miguel Ausua tossed Oral Roberts' first complete game shutout since April 2016 (Nick Wood, April 9 at Western Illinois).
  • Oral Roberts earns its third consecutive NCAA Regional berth and captures its record 18th Summit League Tournament title.
  • The championship game was the lone contest in the tournament that did not feature a home run.

All-Tournament Team
Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts (MVP)
Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts
Conner Currier, Western Illinois
Drew Fearing, North Dakota State
Sam Grellner, Oral Roberts
Bryce Hanson, South Dakota State
Jordan Harms, North Dakota State
Josh Kunzmann, South Dakota State
Trevor McCutchin, Oral Roberts
Justin McGregor, Oral Roberts
Ben Petersen, North Dakota State
Reed Pfannenstein, North Dakota State
Mason Pierzchalski, North Dakota State
Kyler Stout, Oral Roberts

Up Next
Oral Roberts earns The Summit League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show airs Monday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2. North Dakota State concludes its season with a 31-25 overall record.

Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.


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