Late in the Crowder Roughriders’ sensational 54-14 and JUCO World Series season, pitcher Colton Larkins announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Oral Roberts, a NCAA Division I school based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Late in the Crowder Roughriders’ sensational 54-14 and JUCO World Series season, pitcher Colton Larkins announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Oral Roberts, a NCAA Division I school based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Larkins pitched two seasons for Crowder.
This past season, Larkins finished with a 2-1 record and a 4.78 ERA in 11 overall appearances and four starts. Larkins struck out 44 and walked nine over 37 2/3 innings. He averaged 10.51 strikeouts per nine innings and finished with a nearly 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the best of any of the potent arms on the Crowder staff.
Larkins made four appearances in the months of April and May, with his final outing in the final game of the season against Cowley in the JUCO World Series.
In his freshman season, Larkins finished 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in five games and one start. He struck out eight and walked eight over 11 1/3 innings.
Larkins improved tremendously from his freshman to his sophomore season, just taking a gander at his walk numbers. He walked one more batter (9-8) over three times as many innings pitched.
Oral Roberts comes off a 43-16 overall and 25-4 Summit Conference season. The Golden Eagles won the conference tournament and then reached the NCAA Regional, beating Oklahoma State once but losing twice to host Arkansas.
Larkins will miss out on a chance to pitch to former Oral Roberts catcher Matt Whatley, who received the Johnny Bench Award for being the nation’s best collegiate catcher.
Whatley beat out finalists David Banuelos (Long Beach State) and Brent Diaz (Louisiana Tech), and 114 catchers were originally on the watch list for the award.
The Texas Rangers selected Whatley in the third round of the MLB Draft and Whatley recently made his professional debut in the Arizona League.
Other baseball schools in the Summit League include North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Western Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha (formerly in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association alongside Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern), and Fort Wayne.
The Golden Eagles have won three straight conference titles since rejoining the Summit League in 2014-15.