ORU offense struggles in loss at Corpus Christi, 4-1
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Lack of timely hitting doomed the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Saturday as the Golden Eagles lost game two of a three-game set to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road 4-1.
ORU fell to 22-20 overall and 9-11 in the Southland Conference, and the Islanders improved to 25-19 and 14-6. The Golden Eagles are a half game out of the eighth spot in the conference standings, while the Islanders are tied with Nicholls for the top spot following league play on Saturday.
Gavin Glanz (2-4) got the start on the mound as he went 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and struck out a career high seven strikeouts in the loss. Jacob McDavid allowed a run and two hits in 1.1 innings of work.
Brandon Tierney continues to hit Golden Eagle pitching with two singles in the game for the Islanders, while Tyler Ware hit his third home run in the sixth inning. Trevor Belicek (3-5) earned the win in six innings of work, while Jacob Dorris struck out seven ORU batters in just three innings for the save.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Glanz and Belicek through the first five innings as each squad had just two hits entering the sixth. The Golden Eagles got on the board first in the top of the sixth as Anthony Sequeira drove the ball back up the middle to bring home Jose Trevino from second to go up 1-0.
The Islanders answered in the bottom of the inning. Tierney started the Islander sixth with a bloop single to center, setting up a wind-blown two-run home by Ware to take a 2-1 lead for the home team. However, Glanz settled down, striking out the next three batters to get out of the inning.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI triple by Jordan Lee into the right field corner that scored Josh Garza. Lee quickly scored as Tierney singled to make it a 4-1 games.
The Golden Eagles stranded 11 runners on base in the contest, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. All three runners in the seventh reached with no outs.
ORU will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon as they square off with the Islanders in game three. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.