ELMHURST, Ill. – After winning its record 12th straight league championship a year ago, Oral Roberts was a unanimous choice to claim its 13th consecutive Summit League crown in 2010 as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.
The Golden Eagles collected seven first-place votes for a total of 49 points. Centenary came in second with 39 points, followed closely by South Dakota State in the third slot with 36 points and the final first-place vote. Southern Utah (30 points) and North Dakota State (27 points) were each separated by three points apiece for the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Oakland (16 points), IPFW (14 points) and Western Illinois (13 points) rounded out the voting.
TULSA—Oral Roberts University head baseball coach Rob Walton recently announced the signing of eight future student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent.
Among the recruits are five junior college signees and three high school players. The 2010 class includes: 1B/LHPArt Charles (Bakersfield College), 1B/P Brad Fisher (Jenks (Okla.) HS), RHP Alex Gonzalez (Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS), OF Brandon King (Fresno City College), RHP Aaron Kurcz (College of Southern Nevada), RHP Joey Perez (Corpus Christi (Texas) John Paul II HS), INF Joe Ramirez (Bakersfield College) and INF Cam Shiller (Yavapai College).
“I’m really pleased with our fall class,” said Walton. “(Assistant coach) Ryan Neill did a great job of identifying several high ceiling kids including a few power arms. The entire class will have a chance to have an immediate impact on the field, especially the pitchers.”
Tempe, AZ – Much like Top 40 radio, the hits just keep on coming in Tempe as Sunday’s early elimination game once again saw Oral Roberts and Kent State combine to mash out 32 hits and 25 runs.Yet Oral Roberts would make the ball fly deeper as five different Golden Eagles hit home runs in the 15 to 10 victory.The loss eliminated Kent State from Regional play and gave Oral Roberts another chance against Arizona State later in the day.
Hits were harder to come by in the later rematch game between Arizona State and Oral Roberts.But the pitching wasn’t quite as impressive as Saturday nights winners bracket game when both schools threw their ace.But the end result was the same, as the Sun Devils 8 to 3 victory would hand ORU its second loss of the Regional and end their season.The win will allow ASU to host it’s third straight Super Regional next weekend against the eventually winner of the Clemson Regional. Continue reading Tempe Regional – Day 3 Recap→
Tempe, AZ – Saturday afternoon’s elimination game between Cal Poly and Kent State continued the hit parade and actually did two better than Friday, as the two teams combined for 31 hits.But although the Mustangs tallied one more hit, the Golden Flashes held on for a 10 to 9 victory.
In the evening’s winner bracket game things changed and pitching ruled the night, as the nations best pitcher faced off against the Summit League’s Pitcher of the Year and Oral Roberts perfect ace Mark Serrano.But Mike Leake was once again masterful from the dish for Arizona State, as he tied a career high with 15 strikeouts and was a fluke hit away from his third complete game shutout.ASU was victorious in the end 4 to 1, and will now await the results of Sunday afternoon Kent State versus Oral Roberts elimination game.
Tempe, AZ – Plenty of hits in the warm desert air on Friday as Cal Poly and Oral Roberts combined to smash 29 hits in the afternoon game, while Kent State and Arizona State bashed an equal 29 hits in the evening match up. But the favorites ruled the day as the Golden Eagles and Sun Devils both came away with impressive victories. Continue reading Tempe Regional – Day 1 Recap→
Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark will host the 2009 NCAA Tempe Regional May 29 through June 1. Arizona State is hosting the Tempe Regional for the third straight year after winning its third straight Pac-10 Conference championship. The Sun Devils received the number 5 national seed after compiling a 44-12 record. Continue reading 2009 NCAA Regional Preview: Tempe→
PLAYER OF THE WEEK JESSE SAWYER, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
SO., CALGARY, ALBERTA/CENTRAL MEMORIAL HS
Sawyer earns Player of the Week honors after leading SDSU to a 7-1 record, including a four-game sweep of WIU. He homered in six of the eight games and hit safely in all eight. For the week, Sawyer had a .500 average, scored 19 runs, had 15 RBI, 14 hits, nine home runs and two doubles. He also walked seven times, had a 1.536 slugging percentage and .641 on-base percentage. Continue reading Summit League Players of the Week→
Here are some of the best links from around the nation for today.
The first article comes from The Big Ten conference which did a feature on Illinois RHP Ben Reeser who made several trips to Louisiana to help with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort. The next article comes from Illinois-Chicago Media Relations which quotes a Chicago Tribune article saying UIC baseball is one of the best deals in the area during these tough economic times. The next article comes from MLive.com which looks at the Barclay Brothers of the Kalamazoo College baseball team. The San Marcos Record previews tonight’s Texas State and Baylor matchup. The Tulsa World has an excellent article on the Oral Roberts and Arkansas rivarly which might be ending soon due to scheduling issues. The final article comes is about Kevin McKague of Army getting featured in Sports Illustrated recently. Continue reading Links from Around the Nation→
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 12, today. Oral Roberts senior shortstop Juan Martinez was named National Hitter of the Week, while Kent State junior right-handed pitcher Brad Stillings was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading NCBWA names Pro-Line Athletic Players of the Week→
Monday is always a slow night of College Baseball and this week was no exception as only three games took place. Dallas Baptist knocked off Oral Roberts 5-4 while Washington State picked up a 12-8 victory over BYU and lastly Gonzaga beat regional rival Washington 7-3. Continue reading College Baseball Scores for April 6th→