Finishing off opening weekend with a bang, the Oral Roberts baseball team swept Utah, along with the season’s first weekly Summit Baseball Awards. The series started on Friday (W 4-3) continued to a Saturday victory (W 6-4) and a succesful Sunday (W 3-0).
Sophomore Spencer Henson was presented his first Summit League Baseball Player of the Week award. Henson led the Golden Eagles offensively over the weekend with four RBIs, two runs scored, two walks, one double, one home-run (which happened to be his very first pitch of the weekend), and one stolen base, batting .556 (5-for-9) for the weekend.
Senior Justin McGregor also had a very strong showing, which earned him the Summit League Pitcher of the Week award. He threw the first five innings on the front end of Sunday’s 3-0 shutout and only allowed four singles and one walk. He recorded at least one strikeout in every inning that he pitched, as well as improved to a perfect 10-0 record in his career. Freshman Andrew Pace made a debut appearance on Saturday, clinching a pinch-hit RBI single.
If the rest of the spring looks anything like opening weekend, the Golden Eagles have a nice season to look forward to, and Head Coach Ryan Folmar is confident. After Sunday’s game, he said, “You have to be excited about the way we pitched, not only today, but all weekend. We have some things to fix offensively, but any time you get three wins against a good club, it’s good.”
This Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Golden Eagles were planning on hitting the road for Stillwater, to face in-state rival Oklahoma State. However, the game was postponed due to weather conditions. The team will spend the next eight games at home, welcoming Nevada to J.L. Johnson stadium for a three game series starting on Feb. 23-25.
Fans can follow along by tuning in to the ORU Sports Network. Viewers can receive updates on the team by downloading the apps Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row.