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ORU to host Houston Baptist in conference set beginning Thursday

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/16/2014
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TULSA, Okla. – Following a loss on Tuesday evening at Wichita State that snapped a five-game winning streak, the Oral Roberts University baseball team looks to rebound on Thursday as the Golden Eagles host Southland Conference newcomer Houston Baptist. First pitch of games one and two at J.L. Johnson is scheduled 6:30 p.m., with the series finale on Saturday getting started at 1 p.m.

ORU (19-17, 7-8) was riding its winning streak into the Wichita State game after sweeping Stephen F. Austin last weekend for its first conference series victory of the season. After just three of their 29 hits at SFA came by the extra-base variety, the Golden Eagles picked up three doubles in the loss on Tuesday.

Recent success by the Golden Eagles is due to the consistent arms of the pitching staff. The weekend trio Guillermo Trujillo, Gavin Glanz and Pepe Gomez boasts a combined earned run average of 2.58, among the top 20 in the NCAA this season in combined weekend rotation ERA.

Leading the way with a 1.40 ERA is Gomez. The senior pitched 12 shutouts innings last week in two starts and earned victories against No. 26 Oklahoma and SFA. He received the recognition he deserved on Tuesday as he was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

HBU (16-17, 6-9) is currently on the outside looking into the Southland Conference Tournament. If postseason play began today, as the Golden Eagles and Central Arkansas would be tied for the eighth and final spot, with HBU one game behind.

The Huskies opened a weeklong four-game road trip on Tuesday evening with a thumping by Big 12 member TCU, 13-0.

The Huskies have had no trouble reaching base this season, entering the series against the Golden Eagles with a .289 average, the third best team average in the league. HBU is led by senior outfielder Jordan McCoy, who is currently eight in the Southland with a .349 average. McCoy is leading the Huskies with six doubles, a pair of home runs and 19 runs batted in.

However, opponents are outscoring the Huskies 185-160 this season as their pitching staff enters the series tenth in the conference with a 4.61 combined ERA.

Thursday marks the first time the two programs will meet on the baseball diamond.

The voice of the Golden Eagles, Geoff Haxton, will bring play by play for all three games on AM 1550 and 94.5 FM locally in Tulsa, and via video/audio stream at ORUGoldenEagles.com. Live stats will also be available on the ORU athletic website.

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