The Golden Eagles are gearing up for the 2018 season with their sights set on another Summit League title and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. High expectations abound for this season, with a good mix of solid returning players and new talent ready to take the field.
Freshman outfielder AJ Archambo from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, advises fans: “I would expect nothing less than a conference title and a spot in Omaha.” Fans can also expect to see a lot of players native to Oklahoma this season, as the majority of the Golden Eagles roster (19 of 34) come from within the state.
Returning players to watch for include senior pitcher Miguel Ausua, who was named to the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All-American team. The Summit League Championship MVP last season, Ausua was awarded as the Summit League Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Summit League selection. Another returner to watch for is senior Noah Cummings. Last season, he led the Summit League in RBI’s and was ranked 12 in the country with 70 RBIs on the season.
Thirty home games are scheduled for this season, so there will be plenty of opportunity to catch the Golden Eagles in action. ORU will face four teams that competed in the 2017 NCAA Regionals as well as powerhouse teams coming from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri State and Dallas Baptist. ORU will also host the Summit League Championship for the third consecutive year, welcoming the conference’s top four teams May 23 through 26. The winner of these games earns a coveted spot competing in the NCAA Championship.
With a competitive schedule and a strong roster, the 2018 season is looking bright for the Golden Eagles. Come catch ORU baseball in action at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Friday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m.