A Year In Review Oral roberts baseball

Coming into the season, Oral Roberts was once again picked to take home the Summit League crown in the League's preseason poll, even though the team returned just nine letterwinners from 2015. Fourth year head coach Ryan Folmar led the Golden Eagles to a 38-21 overall record and a 22-8 finish in Summit League play. ORU won the Summit League regular season and postseason titles before advancing to an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year and the 26th time in program history.

Success Against The Big Boys

The Golden Eagles finished the regular season 4-1 against Big 12 competition with wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State and a season sweep of Oklahoma State. Oral Roberts also claimed road wins over SEC members Auburn and Mississippi State.

Home Sweet Home

Oral Roberts played some of its best baseball this season at J.L. Johnson Stadium in front of 23,454 fans. The Golden Eagles finished 23-4 inside the friendly confines and at one point held the second-best home winning streak in the nation when the reeled off 13-straight from March 26-May 17.

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Standout Regular Season Perfomances

Nick Wood collected the team’s first individual accolade of the 2016 season after being named a Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. The redshirt senior held the Leathernecks to just one hit in the complete-game shutout while facing the minimum and striking out seven. It marked the first time in seven seasons that an ORU pitcher went nine innings, giving up just one hit as Jerry Sullivan did so in 2009 against Centenary.

Coming into a game at nationally ranked Mississippi State, Cale Tims had pitched one inning a total of six times in his young career. The sophomore did not show any signs of stage fright at historic Dudy Noble Field in his first career start as he led the Golden Eagles to a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs. In total, he went five innings allowing just four hits and one run while striking out a career-high six batters en route to the win.

Freshman right-hander Josh McMinn came up with one of the best performances of the year on the mound in an elimination game during The Summit League Championship. He held the IPFW to just one run in a complete game effort, helping the Golden Eagle bullpen stay fresh for what would be the the Championship clinching win during the Saturday doubleheader..

Postseason

Oral Roberts continued its dominance of The Summit League as the Golden Eagles collected their 17th League Championship and the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Going into the final day of play, ORU needed to win two games over Fort Wayne to claim the League title. Golden Eagle starting pitching shined throughout, holding the Mastodons to only four runs, including a gem from freshman Josh McMinn in the opener as he went a complete game and allowed only one run keeping the bullpen fresh for the Championship game.

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Into The Numbers

Career Milestone: 100 Wins

Head Coach Ryan Folmar earned career win 100 against Little Rock March 4, 2016 in a 14-5 victory over the Trojans. With the win, Folmar became the sixth head coach in program history to reach 100 career wins.

Back-To-Back

Matt Whatley continued to impress in year two at Oral Roberts. Coming off a freshman year which included three Freshman All-American accolades, the Claremore, Oklahoma product finished second on the team in batting average at .363 with 73 base hits, including eight home runs, 10 doubles, three triples and 41 RBI on his way to being named First Team All-League for the second consecutive season.

Iron Man

Brent Williams had a breakout season with the Golden Eagles, leading the squad with eight home runs and a team high 55 RBI to go with his .297 average. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native played all but one game during his first season in Tulsa and led ORU with 16 multiple RBI games on his way to being named the League's Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-League selection.

No Sophomore Slump

Noah Cummings did everything but slump during his second season with the Golden Eagles, The Alpine, California native led the ORU with a .364 batter average on a team-high 80 base hits. On the year he tallied 18 doubles, six home runs and drove in 44 runners on his way to being named a First Team All-League member for the first time in his career.

Leading Off

Nick Rotola started every game for the Golden Eagles in center field during the 2016 season. The lead-off man was third on the team with a .319 average while collecting 79 base hits with 16 coming on doubles. The Wichita, Kansas product was named The Summit League Tournament MVP after collecting six hits and scoring 10 of ORU's 34 runs. He also finished with two home runs and two doubles in the four games. He also earned Second Team All-League honors.

Double Trouble

Every time Chase Stafford picked up the bat, there was a good chance he was going for two bases. The senior led the squad and ranked 30th in the country with 21 doubles. Nearly half of his base hits were were of the two-bag variety while he finished the year with a .402 slugging percent on his way to a Second Team All-League selection.

Closing It Out

Brady Womacks dominated out of the bullpen this season. The right-hander from Pevely, Missouri collected 14 saves on the season which was good enough for second all-time in program history in a single season and seventh nationally.

Postseason Awards

Head Coach Ryan Folmar was named Summit League Coach of the Year for the second year in-a-row while junior Brent Williams was named the League's Newcomer of the Year.

First Team All-League Selections: Matt Whatley, Noah Cummings, Brady Womacks and Nick Wood.

Second Team All-League Selections: Rolando Martinez, Chase Stafford, Trevin Sonnier, Nick Rotola, Bryce Howe and Cale Tims.

All-Around Man

Sophomore catcher Matt Whatley earned Second Team ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region, First Team All-League as well as Academic All-League honors.

2016 MLB Draft

Junior Holden Cammack was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round (Pick 494) of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. The Colleyville, Texas product went for three saves and a 2.32 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen this year. With the Cubs pick of Cammack, it marks the 21st consecutive season that ORU has had a player drafted.

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