Two and out for Golden Eagle baseball

It was two-and-out for the ORU Golden Eagles baseball team at the NCAA Regional at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater last weekend. ORU lost the first game to Arkansas on Friday, 8-6, and dropped the second game, 10-4, to St. John’s on Saturday. The Golden Eagles fell to 34-50 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

It was a great season for the Golden Eagles (41-16), although it didn’t end the way they would have liked. The season started off a bit rough, but the team really improved as the season went on. ORU opened the campaign with a 6-7 record that included being swept in four games by Dallas Baptist. In fact, Dallas Baptist outscored ORU, 35-11, in those four games.

Things were looking a bit foggy for the Golden Eagles in early March.

However, the Golden Eagles picked up big wins against non-conference opponents like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Memphis. ORU beat Memphis in two of three games, defeated the OU Sooners 6-1 in a single matchup, crushed OSU 15-5, and won two of three games against Texas Tech.

Then ORU waltzed through the Summit League schedule finishing with a 25-5 conference record. ORU won the Summit League Tournament, winning three straight games, to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Oral Roberts won 31 of their last 37 games dating back to March 20.

The Golden Eagles finished the season with a team batting average over .320, and belted 38 home runs in 57 games.

SEQUEIRA EARNING HONORS

ORU pitcher Anthony Sequeira has been named one of 10 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top player both on the mound and at the plate.

The dual-threat player has led the Golden Eagles offensively with 10 home runs and a .343 batting average. Not only has he proved himself an offensive threat, the Petaluma, California, native has also excelled on the mound, leading the conference with 11 saves. Sequeira boasts an ERA of 1.50 in 30 innings of work. He ranks in the top 10 in hits (73), doubles (20) and walks (29).

The Olerud award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s, and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The award will be presented as part of the Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions celebration, June 28-29 in Lubbock.

Sequeira also earned second-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors as chosen by Collegiate Baseball. He is the first Golden Eagle to earn All-America honors since the 2013 season when Alex Gonzalez earned the award. He was also named The Summit League Player of the Year, and named to the all-League First Team as utility player and relief pitcher.

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP

The American Athletic Conference announced last week that the first AAC Football Championship will be played Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. and will be televised nationally on either ABC or ESPN. Commissioner Mike Aresco also announced the protocols for determining both the participants in the Football Championship and the site of the game, as approved by The American’s directors of athletics at the league’s annual business meeting.

The divisional champions will be the teams from each division with the highest winning percentage in all conference games – both divisional and non-divisional. In the event of a two-team tie within a division, the head-to-head result between the tied teams will determine the divisional champion.

The site of the American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be the home venue of the divisional champion with the best record in conference games. If the two divisional champions have the same conference record, then the regular-season head-to-head winner between the divisional champions would host the championship.

If the divisional champions have the same conference record and did not play in the regular season, then the team with the better overall regular-season record would host the championship.