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ORU Notebook: Crown fit for a (home run) king (TW 5/25/08)

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By MATT LEVIN World Sports Writer


Last Modified: 5/25/2008  3:00 AM

As he gazed at his MVP trophy, Oral Roberts' Brian Van Kirk murmured "triple crown, too." Yep, Van Kirk also earned that award. The clean-up hitter leads the Summit League in batting average (.417), RBIs (72) and home runs (17).

On Friday, Van Kirk hit his 16th to break a tie with Southern Utah's Nick Freitas for the most league home runs. But Freitas tied it up with a homer later that night.

Van Kirk took the lead for good Saturday with a solo shot in the third inning of the Summit League title game against Southern Utah.

Going streaking: Oral Roberts' 11th straight league title moved ORU past Texas and into third all-time for consecutive league titles. Only Oklahoma State (16) and Wichita State (14) have held a longer streak. The Golden Eagles also earned their 12th consecutive victory and 20th straight home win the longest current streak in the nation.

All-Tournament Team

Brendan Duffy, Oral Roberts

David Genao, Oral Roberts

Juan Martinez, Oral Roberts

Kelly Minissale, Oral Roberts

Ben Petralli, Oral Roberts

Jerry Sullivan, Oral Roberts

Brian Van Kirk, Oral Roberts


Nick Freitas, Southern Utah

Mac Nelson, Southern Utah

Jacob Noyes, Southern Utah

Drew Laidig, Western Illinois

Todd Nelson, Western Illinois

Cory Waddell, Western Illinois

Ryan Bernsen, Centenary

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/colleg ... ancl977013

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