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Oral Roberts Rates No. 1 in Summit League
Oral Roberts was the unanimous choice to win the
2009 Summit League title, in voting by the conference’s head
coaches and released by the league office.
The Golden Eagles received seven first-place
votes for the maximum 49 points. ORU won its 11th consecutive
league title a year ago.
Southern Utah was second with 40 points.
Centenary came in third with 35 points. South Dakota State
received the final first-place vote and 30 points for fourth
place, followed by Western Illinois, Oakland, IPFW and North
Coach of the Year Rob Walton has a pair of first
team all-league performers back at ORU in second baseman Juan
Martinez and first baseman Michael Notaro. Martinez hit .329 in
2008 with nine home runs and 55 RBI. Notaro batted .336 a season
ago with 10 dingers. Two strong arms return in Jerry Sullivan
and T.J. Kelly. Sullivan was 9-2 with a 3.88 ERA and 108
strikeouts. Kelly collected 10 saves in 2008.
The regular season begins Feb. 20. The top four
teams will compete in the Summit League Championship May 21-23
at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.
Summit Preseason Poll
1. Oral Roberts (7) 49
2. Southern Utah 40
3. Centenary 35
4. South Dakota State (1) 30
5. Western Illinois 29
6. Oakland 17
7. IPFW 13
8. North Dakota State 11