Oral Roberts’ Cummings, Ausua Named #SummitBSB Player and Pitcher of the Year

Oral Roberts’ Cummings, Ausua Named #SummitBSB Player and Pitcher of the Year
TULSA, Okla. -- Summit League regular season champion Oral Roberts led the way with 11 selections on the baseball all-league teams. The awards were announced at the annual banquet Tuesday night and were voted on by the league's head coaches.
 
Oral Roberts' Noah Cummings was named the league's Player of the Year and teammate Miguel Ausua captured Pitcher of the Year honors. The Golden Eagles' Riley Keizor earned the Newcomer of the Year award, while head coach Ryan Folmar garnered the Coach of the Year accolade.
 
Cummings captures his second consecutive Player of the Year award after ranking in the league's top five in seven different offensive categories, including second in both RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.522). The senior outfielder has 57 hits, including seven home runs and three triples, with a .320 batting average, 39 runs scored and 93 total bases. The April 2 Player of the Week becomes just the third player in league history to win multiple Player of the Year awards (ORU's David Castillo and Dennis Bigley).
 
For the second straight season, Ausua was voted the league's Pitcher of the Year. The senior from Puerto Rico leads the league with 84.1 innings pitched and an 8-1 record, including a perfect 7-0 against league foes. His 2.77 ERA is second in The Summit League. A two-time Pitcher of the Week this season, Ausua has collected 64 strikeouts and held his opponents to a .266 batting average in 14 starts.
 
Keizor becomes the fourth consecutive Oral Roberts player to be named Newcomer of the Year (Matt Whatley, 2015; Brent Williams, 2016; Dylan Snypes, 2017). The sophomore transfer ranks fourth in the league with 35 RBI on the year and has scored 22 times. He has thrown out seven baserunners from his catcher position. Keizor is batting .282 (49-of-174) with 12 extra base hits and a .386 on-base percentage.
 
Folmar captured his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year honor after leading Oral Roberts to its 18th regular season championship title in 19 years competing in the league. The Golden Eagles recorded a 24-6 league mark and dropped just five games at home this season, going undefeated against league competition. Folmer guided ORU to the top seed in the upcoming league tournament for the 18th time in program history.
 
The Summit League Championship begins Wednesday, in Tulsa, Okla., with No. 2 Western Illinois facing No. 3 North Dakota State at Noon (CT), followed by host and top seed Oral Roberts vs. No. 4 South Dakota State at 6 p.m. (CT). The double elimination tournament continues with two games Thursday, one game Friday and the championship game(s) slated for Saturday.

2018 BASEBALL ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS/AWARDS

First Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Spencer Henson, Oral Roberts 1B So. Pryor, Okla.
Nick Roark, Oral Roberts 2B Sr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
Cal Hernandez, Oral Roberts 3B Jr. Coppell, Texas
Tony Kjolsing, South Dakota State SS Sr. Chaska, Minn.
Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts OF Sr. Alpine, Calif.
Steve McShane, Western Illinois OF Jr. Freeport, Ill.
Nick Rotola, Oral Roberts OF Sr. Wichita, Kan.
Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts C So. Verdigris, Okla.
Anthony Schneider, South Dakota State DH Sr. Altoona, Iowa
Nick Smith, South Dakota State UTL Jr. Chanhassen, Minn.
Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts SP Sr. Peñuelas, Puerto Rico
Ian Koch, Western Illinois SP Jr. Crystal Lake, Ill.
Justin McGregor, Oral Roberts SP Sr. Midwest City, Okla.
Kyler Stout, Oral Roberts RP Sr. Broken Arrow, Okla.
 
Second Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Travis Upp, Fort Wayne 1B So. LaPorte, Ind.
Gus Steiger, South Dakota State 2B Fr. Minnetonka, Minn.
Newt Johnson, South Dakota State 3B Sr. Rapid City, S.D.
Harrison Smith, Oral Roberts SS Sr. Bakersfield, Calif.
Logan Busch, North Dakota State OF Sr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Thomas DeBonville, Omaha OF Jr. Silverthorne, Colo.
Jayse McLean, North Dakota State OF R-Jr. Great Falls, Mont.
CJ Schaeffer, Western Illinois C Jr. Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Alex Dorethy, Western Illinois DH R-Fr. Ipava, Ill.
Shannon Baker, Fort Wayne UTL R-Sr. Middlebury, Ind.
Ryan Dunne, Western Illinois SP Sr. Peoria, Ill.
Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts SP Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Tyler Olmstead, South Dakota State SP So. Sioux Falls, S.D.
Kevin Folman, North Dakota State RP Sr. Hermantown, Minn.
 
Player of the Year: Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts
 
Pitcher of the Year: Miguel Ausua, Oral Roberts
 
Newcomer of the Year: Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts
 
Coach of the Year: Ryan Folmar, Oral Roberts
 

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three 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), 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 with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 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.

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