#SummitBSB Weekly Notebook: Championship Preview

Omaha's Keil Krumwiede and his Maverick teammates open the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship Wednesday against Western Illinois.
Omaha's Keil Krumwiede and his Maverick teammates open the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship Wednesday against Western Illinois.
WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: Vol. 15 (Championship Preview)

#SUMMITBSB CHAMPIONSHIP: WHAT TO KNOW

• For the first time in program history, Omaha will be the No. 1 seed at the Summit League Baseball Championship. The Mavericks were ineligible (DI transition) the two previous times they won the regular-season title (2013 and 2014).
• After a 12-0 start, the Mavericks were 8-10 the rest of the way, but their 20-win total matched a program record.
• No. 2 seed South Dakota State enters the event having won seven of its last 10 games and did not drop a series in league play since being swept by Omaha (April 5-6). The Jacks' best finish as the No. 2 seed was a runner-up finish in 2011.
• SDSU made the title game a year ago as the No. 4 seed but fell to top-seeded Oral Roberts, who won its fourth-straight championship since rejoining the league in 2015.
• For just the second time in 16 Summit League Championships played in Tulsa, Oral Roberts will not be the top seed (2010; No. 2 seed). The Golden Eagles have never been the No. 3 seed.
• The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with a 17-12 mark, including a series win on the road at Omaha to end the regular season. ORU was the only league team to beat the regular-season champions in both series.
• Western Illinois won its final two games against Purdue Fort Wayne to take its third series in a row and break a program record for Summit League wins in a season with 16.
• This is the third-straight tournament appearance for the Leathernecks, who needed to win their last two games of the season to edge North Dakota State for the fourth and final spot in the field.
• Since moving away from the division format in 1999, the No. 1 seed has won 18 tournament titles while the No. 2 seed (ORU; 2010) and No. 4 seed (NDSU; 2014) have won once.  The No. 3 seed has never won the championship.
 
AROUND THE LEAGUE
• Oral Roberts first baseman Spencer Henson earned his first Player of the Week award to cap the regular season. He batted .500 in the series win over Omaha, belting a pair of home runs and four RBI to pace the Golden Eagles' offense.
• Henson's efforts also helped him wrap up The Summit League Triple Crown for the second consecutive season. He led the league in batting average (.372), home runs (17) and RBI (49).
• South Dakota State senior Ryan Froom earned the third Pitcher of the Week award of his career after not allowing an earned run in six innings of work during a win over NDSU in the Jacks' regular-season finale.
• Omaha's Payton Kinney went 9-1 with a league-best 1.88 ERA in his 14 starts. Six of those wins came in Summit League play. 
• Western Illinois' Javin Drake ended up as the league's strikeout king, finishing the regular season with 105 punchouts. That total is the second highest in a single season in Leathernecks' history.
• South Dakota State's Gus Steiger was the catalyst of the Jacks' offense.  He led the league in hits (70), doubles (13) and stolen bases (16) and shared the lead in runs (43; Henson).
• WIU's Drue Galassi was the closest player to ruining Henson's bid for the triple crown. His career-high 46 RBI were just three off Henson's league-leading pace. Galassi also belted nine home runs to lead his team in both of those categories.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 22
G1: (4) Western Illinois vs. (1) Omaha 12 p.m.
G2: (3) Oral Roberts vs. (2) South Dakota State 6 p.m.
 
Thursday, May 23
G3: G1 Loser vs. G1 Loser 12 p.m.
G4: G1 Winner vs. G2 Winner 6 p.m.
 
Friday, May 24
G5: G3 Loser vs. G4 Loser 4 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 25
G6: G4 Winner vs. G5 Winner 1 p.m.
G7: If Necessary TBA

RECENT RESULTS
Thursday, May 16
Purdue Fort Wayne 8, Western Illinois 6
North Dakota State 3, South Dakota State 2
Omaha 13, Oral Roberts 3 (7)
 
Friday, May 17
Western Illinois 4, Purdue Fort Wayne 1
South Dakota State 2, North Dakota State 1
South Dakota State 8, North Dakota State 1
Oral Roberts 9, Omaha 8
 
Saturday, May 18
Western Illinois 13, Purdue Fort Wayne 3 (7)
South Dakota State at North Dakota State
Oral Roberts 13, Omaha 9

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