ORU travels to MSU, UALR to close road trip
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University baseball team continues a five-game road trip this week as the Golden Eagles hit the road for a pair of games at Missouri State and UALR.
ORU (25-22) heads up I-44 to Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday to face MSU (20-24) at Hammons Field in Springfield. First pitch against the Bears is set for 6:30 p.m. Following Tuesday’s contest, the Golden Eagles travel south to take on UALR (21-26) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.
The Golden Eagles seek a third straight win Tuesday evening after winning the final two contests of a three-game series at Central Arkansas over the weekend. In the series at UCA, Tyler Boss went 7-14 at the plate with a home run and a double, improving his average to .365, fourth-highest in the Southland Conference.
The Bears have struggled of late, losing seven of their last ten games, including four straight games before topping Dallas Baptist, 10-5, on Sunday.
Sophomore Tate Matheny had a big weekend at DBU, hitting .545 at the plate, including a grand slam in Sunday’s victory. Matheny leads the team at the plate with a .331 average with six doubles, two triples and eight home runs.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series against the MSU, 29-20, with the two squads splitting the first two games against each other this season at J.L. Johnson Stadium. In 2013, ORU won its first game in Springfield since the 2007 season.
Much like MSU, UALR is coming off a conference series loss at home against UT Arlington over the weekend. The Trojans are currently in last place in the Sun Belt with a 7-17 record.
Despite struggling at the plate this season, UALR is third in the Sun Belt in pitching with a 3.99 earned run average. Wednesday’s projected starting pitcher, Chad Bradford (3-1), has had success this season as the midweek starter as opponents are hitting just .228 against him, best among UALR starters this season.
Last season, rain forced the cancellation of the scheduled matchup between ORU and UALR. Prior to that, the two programs had met in the previous four seasons. The Golden Eagles have beaten the Trojans in six of eight meetings, dating back to 1996.