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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..
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.