ORU Captures #SummitBSB Tournament Title

ORU Captures #SummitBSB Tournament Title

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The Basics
Score: (1) Oral Roberts 11, (4) South Dakota State 3
Records: Oral Roberts (38-18); South Dakota State (18-32)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. -- Top-seeded Oral Roberts won its 19th Summit League Baseball Tournament title with an 11-3 victory over No. 4 South Dakota State Saturday at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

The Golden Eagle bats came alive early as they broke out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning. An RBI single by Riley Keizor and sacrifice fly by Trevor McCutchin put ORU up 2-0 before Noah Cummings doubled to left field clearing the bases.

Derek Hackman drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom half of the second inning to cut the ORU lead to 5-1. The Golden Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the fourth to make it a 7-1 game.

It would remain a 7-1 game until the top of the seventh inning. Keizor crossed home for the eighth ORU run after Cal Hernandez became the fifth player to get hit by a pitch in the contest.

South Dakota State made it an 8-3 game with two runs on three hits in the eighth inning. Three more Golden Eagle players scored on four singles in the ninth inning to make it an 11-3 final.

Josh McMinn (6-5) recorded his fifth-straight win on the hill, while Brady Moxham (1-6) suffered the loss for South Dakota State.

Turning Point
The Golden Eagles scored five times in the top of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead it would not relinquish. Keizor and McCutchin drove-in runs prior to a three-run bases-clearing double by Noah Cummings. Cummings' three RBI gave him 199 in his career, tying with ORU assistant Coach Ryan Neill for the most in program history.

Inside the Box Score

  • A total of 10 pitchers were used in the game.
  • ORU's Cal Hernandez reached base five times in the game without registering an at-bat in six plate appearances (three walks, two hit by pitch).
  • Noah Cummings had four RBI for the Golden Eagles, while Andrew Pace led the squad in hits with three.
  • Newt Johnson led SDSU with two hits, one run and one RBI.
  • There were a total of five hit by pitches.
  • Attendance was 803.

News & Notes

  • Oral Roberts captures its 19th Summit League Tournament championship title and improves to an impressive 62-3 in the tournament all-time.
  • The Golden Eagles improve to 18-0 at J.L. Johnson Stadium against Summit League foes this season.
  • South Dakota State drops to 2-4 all-league in the title game and 16-17 all-time in league tournament history.
  • ORU's Noah Cummings' four RBI set a new all-time program record with 200 for his career, breaking assistant coach Ryan Neill's 199. Those 200 RBI also extended his Summit League record.

All-Tournament Team
Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts
Matt Elsenpeter, North Dakota State
Josh Falk, South Dakota State
Cal Hernandez, Oral Roberts (MVP)
Newt Johnson, South Dakota State
Riley Keizor, Oral Roberts
Tony Kjolsing, South Dakota State
Josh McMinn, Oral Roberts
Andrew Pace, Oral Roberts
Tucker Rohde, North Dakota State
Anthony Schneider, South Dakota State
Gus Steiger, South Dakota State
Blake Stockert, North Dakota State
Deion Thompson, Western Illinois


Up Next
Oral Roberts earns the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA Selection Show airs Monday (May 28) at 11 a.m. CT on ESPNU.


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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