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Boss, McDavid help ORU clinch series over HBU, 5-3

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/18/2014
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TULSA, Okla. – Junior Jacob McDavid pitched four-plus innings of shutout ball in relief to help the Oral Roberts University baseball team clinch a Southland Conference series against Houston Baptist with a 5-3 victory on Friday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

ORU moved above .500 in league play for the first time this season as the Golden Eagles improved to 9-8 in the Southland and 21-17 overall. The Huskies of HBU fell to 16-19 overall and 6-11 in the conference.

McDavid entered the game in relief of Gavin Glanz with two outs in the top of the fourth. In the next 4.1 innings, McDavid (1-0) allowed just two hits and struck out five batters for his first win as a Golden Eagle.

Tyler Boss was perfect at the plate with three hits, a walk, an RBI and scored a run, improving his season average to .349 on the season. Boss is hitting .444 against Southland opponents this season.

Audie Afenir also had three hits in the game, and Jose Trevino picked up two, including a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning.

The Huskies scattered 13 hits in the loss, with Jordan McCoy and Zach Nehrir leading the way with three hits apiece. Ryan Lower (4-2) took the loss as he allowed four Golden Eagle runs in 2.1 innings of work.

ORU jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first three innings of play. In home half of the second, Afenir singled through the right side, moving Boss over to third. However, the Huskie right fielder struggled fielding the ball and Boss scored the first run of the game.

A few batters later, Brandon Healy sent the ball to right field to plate Afenir to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 after two innings.

The Golden Eagles picked up back to back singles from Matt Brandy and Trevino to start the third, setting up a RBI single by Boss down the line in left to bring home Brandy. Anthony Sequeira followed Boss with a fly ball to deep center to score Trevino on a sacrifice fly, extending the ORU lead to 4-0.

HBU came back with three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings. McCoy crossed the plate for the first Huskie run of the evening on a single through the left side by Josh Martinez. The Huskies eventually loaded the bases, but the Golden Eagles turned a double play to end the inning to hold on to a 4-1 lead after four.

In the fifth, McCoy singled back up the middle to plate Curtis Jones, and Martinez doubled in the gap in right center to score McCoy, both with two outs, to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 4-3.

But in the bottom of the fifth inning, Trevino put the nail in the coffin with a solo home run over the left field foul pole, his sixth of the year, to make it a 5-3 game.

That was all McDavid needed as he cruised through the final four innings, including a three strikeout inning in the seventh.

ORU will go for its second straight series sweep on Saturday as the Golden Eagles host HBU in series finale at 2 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

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