OCU Pipeline Sends Two Hurlers to Turks Pitching Staff

The Turks pipeline with Oklahoma City University has come through again for the 2022 season. Former Turks coach and dear friend, OCU Assistant Coach Keith Lytle is sending two of his pitchers to take the mound at JMU Veterans Memorial Park.

Eli Davis is a 5-8 160 pound left-hand pitcher/outfielder that transferred from Kansas to play at Oklahoma City. The rising senior lefty is from Shawnee, OK and is majoring in criminal justice.

In 2021 while pitching for Kansas Jayhawks, Davis earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after throwing a seven-inning, o hitter against Kansas State earning his sixth and final victory of the season. This no-hitter was the first by a Jayhawk at Hoglund Ballpark, the first against a Big 12 foe and only the sixth individual no-hit performance in program history. The young Davis started in all his 14 games. He earned a 5.56 era and a 6-6 record in 66.1 innings pitched. He was tied for second on the team with 69 strikeouts.

During his 2020 season he started four games in the Sunday role with a 2-2 record.

Davis attended Shawnee High School. During his junior year the lefty went 9-1 with 112 strikeouts in 75 innings with a 0.65 era. In 2016 Davis collected a number of accolades; Big All-City Player of the Year, Native American Athlete of the Year, Oklahoman All-State Team, Defensive MVP and Pitcher of the Year. In 2015 he earned MVP of Perfect Game World Series, Defensive MVP and sophomore Pitcher of the Year. Davis was successful both on the field and in the classroom where he was named on the National Honor Society.

Davis has produced for the 2022 OCU Stars this spring. The lefty has posted a 1.19 ERA with a .93 whip in 22.2 innings pitched and recording a 4-0 record.

Tyler Polk, a 5-11 190 pound right-hand pitcher at Oklahoma City University is from Duncan, OK.

in 2021 Polk posted a 3.47 ERA in 46.2 innings pitched with a 3-2 record and 5 saves.

This spring Polk has recorded a 2-1 record in 18 innings pitched for the Stars.

We look forward to welcoming two more of Coach Keith Lytle’s OCU Stars to the Harrisonburg Turks.