ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts earned the top seed in the upcoming Summit League Baseball Championship for the 18th time in program history and fourth-consecutive year.
The 2018 baseball tournament takes place from May 23-26, at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University. This marks the 15th time in league history the tournament will be held in Tulsa.
Oral Roberts earned the No. 1 seed after securing its record 18th regular season title. The Golden Eagles finished the league season with a 24-6 (.800) record and winners of 16 of their last 18 games against league competition.
Western Illinois captured the No. 2 seed for the 11th time in program history and first since 2014 after posting a 14-12 (.538) league mark. The Fighting Leathernecks are 7-2 against league foes during the month of May.
North Dakota State, the 2014 tournament champions, are looking to become the first No. 3 seed to win the trophy. The Bison finished the regular season with a 15-13 (.536) league mark and are riding a league-best seven-game winning streak entering the tournament.
South Dakota State, 14-13 (.519) in Summit League play, advanced to its ninth tournament in school history. The Jackrabbits are the No. 4 seed for just the second time (2016) and are looking to join the Bison as the only fourth-seeded teams to win the title.
No. 2 Western Illinois (17-28, 14-12 Summit) opens tournament play against No. 3 North Dakota State (25-22, 15-13 Summit) in game one on Wednesday, at Noon (CT). Top-seeded Oral Roberts (35-18, 24-6 Summit) battles No. 4 South Dakota State (16-30, 14-13 Summit) in Wednesday's second game at 6 p.m. (CT).
The double elimination tournament continues with two games Thursday, one game Friday, and the championship game(s) taking place Saturday. The winner claims The Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday, May 23
Noon - Game One: (2) Western Illinois vs. (3) North Dakota State
6 p.m. - Game Two: (1) Oral Roberts vs. (4) South Dakota State
Thursday, May 24
Noon - Game Three: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
6 p.m. - Game Four: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Friday, May 25
6 p.m. - Game Five: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Saturday, May 26
1 p.m. - Game Six: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
4:30 p.m. - Game Seven: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 *
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.
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