Oral Roberts Claims Top Seed at League Baseball Championship
The 2011 baseball tournament takes place from May 26-28, at Sioux Falls Stadium in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is hosted by South Dakota State University.
The top-seeded Golden Eagles ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak and have won 13 of their last 16 league contests. ORU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last 13 years by virtue of capturing the league tournament title.
South Dakota State, the top seed a year ago, earns the No. 2 seed with a league record of 20-8. North Dakota State, making its first-ever appearance at the tournament, captured the No. 3 seed with a 15-12 record, while Western Illinois is the No. 4 seed advancing to the league championship for the first time since 2008.
No. 1 Oral Roberts (33-20, 21-7 Summit) faces No. 4 Western Illinois (21-36, 13-15 Summit) in game one Thursday at 2 p.m. (CDT). No. 2 South Dakota State (35-18, 20-8 Summit) will meet No. 3 North Dakota State (21-30, 15-12 Summit) in Thursday’s nightcap at 7 p.m. (CDT).
The double elimination tournament continues with three games Friday and the championship game(s) taking place Saturday. The winner claims the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, May 26
2 p.m. - Game One: (1) Oral Roberts vs. (4) Western Illinois
7 p.m. - Game Two: (2) South Dakota State vs. (3) North Dakota State
Friday, May 27
11 a.m. - Game Three: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
3 p.m. - Game Four: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7 p.m. - Game Five: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Saturday, May 28
1 p.m. - Game Six: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
4 p.m. - Game Seven: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 *