The 14-time defending tournament champions, Oral Roberts has again earned the top seed and will face fourth-seeded Southern Utah in the first round of the 2012 Summit League Baseball Tournament, presented by Currington Mortgage.
The Golden Eagles wrapped up their 14th-straight regular season championship with a 10-0 run-rule victory over North Dakota State on Saturday.
ORU and Southern Utah will face off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at J.L. Johnson Stadium, with No. 3 North Dakota State and No.2 Oakland kicking off the tournament at 3:30 p.m.
The top-seeded Golden Eagles won 13 of their last 16 league games and have won 16 of their last 20 games overall heading into the championship. ORU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last 14 years by virtue of capturing the league tournament title.
Oakland collects the No. 2 seed for just the second time and advances to the league tournament for the fifth time in program history. North Dakota State earns the No. 3 seed for the second-straight year while No. 4 Southern Utah is making its first appearance since 2009.
No. 2 Oakland (24-29, 15-6 Summit) faces No. 3 North Dakota State (38-18, 14-10 Summit) in game one Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (CDT). No. 1 Oral Roberts (33-22, 17-6 Summit) will meet No. 4 Southern Utah (18-34, 12-11 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.
A single day pass is $7.95, while a tournament pass is $9.95.
Live stats will also be provided for every game of the tournament. Fans who would like to keep up with the tournament, or join the conversation on twitter, are encouraged to use the #SummitBaseball tag.
Thursday, May 24
3:30 p.m. - Game One: (2) Oakland vs. (3) North Dakota State
7 p.m. - Game Two: (1) Oral Roberts vs. (4) Southern Utah
Friday, May 25
Noon - Game Three: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
3:30 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 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 *