The North Dakota State baseball team continues its season-open road trip this weekend, with a four-game series scheduled against Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. The two teams play the series opener at 3 pm on Friday 26. March as part of a double head. The first pitch in the match on Saturday is scheduled for 14:00, and the series final is set for a first pitch at 13 on Sunday.
Live video will be available on the Oral Roberts Sports Network at ORUAthletics.com for all four games. Live statistics for all four matches will be available on ORUAthletics.com.
History of the series
Oral Roberts has a 40-14 advantage in the all-time series that dates to a 6-4 victory by the Golden Eagles on April 4, 2008 in Tulsa. Bison is 5-27 all the time against Oral Roberts in Tulsa. Oral Roberts is 8-2 against Bison in the last 10 meetings, with NDSU picking up both of these victories during the 2019 season.
Scouting the Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts is set to host Bison in the Summit League opener for the Golden Eagles. Oral Roberts enters the weekend with a 7-12 overall record. The two teams share a common enemy in Saint Louis, when Oral Roberts just traveled to play Billiken’s this weekend. Oral Roberts won the opening 14-7 before dropping each of the next two games, scoring just three combined runs in the two losses. The Golden Eagles own a series winner over the eighth-ranked LSU, and pick up a 22-7 victory in the series opener on March 5 in Baton Rouge. Oral Roberts is in 12th place in the nation with 16 doubles games beaten, while it ranks 37th with .84 per game. Ryan Cash leads the Golden Eagles with a stroke average of .308, while Caleb Denny hits .284. Denny leads the team with four home runs and 17 RBIs, while he also has a team-best .527 slugging percentage. On the mound, Adam Scoggins has made team-leading nine appearances out of the bullpen with a 6.75 ERA and a 1-1 record of 9.1 innings. Tanner Rogen leads the team in innings pitched at 28.2 with a 1-2 record and 3.45 ERA in five appearances with four starts. Isaac Coffey and James Notary have started team-best five games, where Coffey went 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA and Notary was 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA. Bradan Pierce has a couple of saves in ten rounds of work.
In 2019, NDSU was the last baseball team in the NCAA Division I to play a home game. The Bison played 26 straight games away from Newman Outdoor Field to start the season in 2019. In 2020, Bison was to play the first 27 games from home before the season was cut due to Covid-19. This season, Bison will play 26-straight road games before opening the home field on April 9 against Western Illinois. It is currently the last scheduled home opener for an NCAA Division I baseball team this season. NDSU had an eight-game winning streak that was snatched on Sunday which was the longest stretch in the country. Bison is 14-4 on the road this year, and the only team in the country with more than 10 victories on the road.
Go ahead and steal it
Senior Bennett Hostetler ranks 12th in the nation with a .600 base rate. He also ranks third in stolen bases with 14th and 11th in the country with .78 stolen bases per game. He is the only player in the country to have a base percentage of over .600 with double-digit stolen bases.
Turns two off
Bison has filled 18 doubles in 18 games this season, and is number seven in the country in doubles. The 1.00 doubles per game is in 11th place in the country.
Best batting average in the Summit League
North Dakota State has a slaughter average of 0.287 as a team, and ranks as number 37 in the nation. It’s also the best in the Summit League. Seniors Bennett Hostetler and Jake malec has the top two stroke averages in the league at .460 and .370. Hostetler is in 24th place in the nation, while Malec is in 16th place.
Leave the guy alone:
Senior Bennett Hostetler has been hit by a pitch nine times this season, and ranked seventh in the country. He is in 13th place among active NCAA Division I players with 39 careers taken by lanes.
To bring the victims:
Bennett Hostetler has 12 career sacrifice flies, tied for most in the school’s history and the 17th most among active NCAA Division I players. Calen Schwabe ranks 10th in the nation with four casualties this year and 55th with .22 casualties per game. With two sacrificial flies, Tucker Rohde is ranked 78th in the nation.
Get on and drive them in
Leadoff hitter Jake malec ranks 19th in the nation in races scored by 23, while Bennett Hostetler, in the three holes, is in 24th place in the nation with 23 races entered. Both totals are the best in the Summit League. Peter brookshaw, which hits two places, ranks 57th in the country in RBI with 21.
Summit League Honors
For the third time in five weeks, North Dakota State senior shortstop Bennett Hostetler has been named the Summit League Baseball Player of the Week. This is the fourth time Hostetler has earned the award in his career, the most by any Bison and tied for the fifth most in Summit League history. Hostetler led Bison to a 4-1 record last week, including a 3-1 start in league play thanks to a series win over Western Illinois. Bison shortstop went 9-for-19 (.474) on the record with six extra-based hits, six runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases. Hostetler hit safely and had at least one RBI in all five matches, and expanded his range to 11 matches. Against Leathernecks, he hit 500 with three doubles, his first two home races of the season and ran in 10 races. Hostetler’s first long ball in the campaign came in extra innings in game three against Western Illinois to secure the series’ victory. His three-run shot in the eighth round gave Bison a 7-4 lead. NDSU has won the award four of the five times this season, which Jake malec was named Summit League Player of the Week on March 8.
Evan sankey ranks 17th in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.0, while it also ranks 79th in strikeouts per nine innings of 12.73. He ranks 94th in the nation with 33 strikes, while he ranks 17th in WHIP at .64 and 51st in trips allowed per nine innings at 1.16. His 1.16 ERA is 52nd in the country.
Harmful does not allow hits
Senior Parker Harm has allowed just 6.38 hits per nine innings over the course of his career. It ranks 26th overall among active players at all NCAA levels and the 14th best among NCAA Division I players. Harm is also number 22 among NCAA Division I active players and 29th overall among all NCAA levels with 88 allowed career walks.
Summit League Preseason Poll
The North Dakota State baseball team has been picked to finish third in the Summit League season poll. Omaha was picked first in the poll with 15 points, and held a points edge over Oral Roberts. The Mavericks received three first-place votes, while the Golden Eagles earned the remaining two. NDSU was third in the poll with 10 points, while South Dakota State (seven points) and Western Illinois (four points) rounded out the vote. North Dakota State ended the 2020 season with an 8-9 record that was shortened due to Covid-19. Omaha won the regular season and tournament titles in the 2019 Summit League. Senior shortstop Bennett Hostetler and senior jug Parker Harm was named to the Summit League Players to Watch list. Hostetler started all 17 matches last year on shortstop. He finished with a .216 average and led the team with two home runs. Harm made five appearances of the bullpen, ending with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in nine rounds of work. He knocked out 11, while going only four.
Bison Earn ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award:
North Dakota State University baseball teams earned the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the third season last year. NDSU was the only Summit League school to earn the honor. The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members who post GPAs over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year. Bison had a 3,522 cumulative GPA for the 2019-20 school year, including a record 3.61 GPA in the spring semester.
Brown joins 300 Club
North Dakota State Head Coach Tod Brown earned his 300th career victory in February. 22 during the first double-headed game in Western Kentucky. Brown is the third coach in Summit League history to earn 300 career victories. Brown joins Mitch McLeod as the only Bison coach with over 300 wins, as McLeod has a school card of 347. Brown is number three in Summit League history with 313 wins. Brown is one of three coaches in Summit League history to have coached 300 or more league games. Last year, he became the third coach in Summit League history to train in 600 or more games, joining Valparaiso Paul Twenge and Illinois-Chicago Dean Refakes.
Opening Day Streak Snapped
With a 10-4 loss in the season opener in Western Kentucky, Bison had a series of five wins in season openers. Last season, Bison beat Hawaii 3-1 to start the 2020 campaign. In 2019, Bison beat Sacramento State 9-1. NDSU beat Incarnate Word 8-2 in 2018, Mississippi Valley State 10-4 in 2017 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-0 in 2016.
The Bison will travel to Omaha for the third straight Summit League road series before opening slate on April 9. The league will play four-game series at each location this year, which will include a double header over the three days. The first pitch for Friday is set at 15.00 and is a double head. The two teams meet again on Saturday and Sunday, with the first pitch set at 15.00 on Saturday and 13.00 on Sunday.