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Crucial SLC home series versus Abilene Christian begins Friday

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 05/08/2014
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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University baseball team looks to continue its current winning streak on Friday as the Golden Eagles host Abilene Christian in a three-game Southland Conference series at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

First pitch of the series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with game two starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

ORU (27-22, 12-12) has won each of its last four games, including two games to win a Southland series at Central Arkansas last weekend. The Golden Eagles closed a five-game road trip with a pair of non-conference wins at Missouri State on Tuesday, 5-1, and at UALR on Wednesday, 5-2.

The weekend series against ACU is crucial in the race to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament in two weeks in Conway, Ark. ORU currently is currently sitting alone in eighth place in the league, one game ahead of Central Arkansas who is just outside the tournament in ninth place.

Golden Eagle pitching has played a key role in the current winning streak allowing just three combined runs in the last three contests. ORU enters the weekend fourth in the league in pitching with a 3.45 team earned run average. Saturday’s starting pitcher, Pepe Gomez, is tied for third in the conference with seven victories this season, with opponents hitting just .241 off the senior right hander.

On the back end of the staff is closer Jordan Romano, the conference leader with 11 saves. Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list earlier this season, Romano is tied for 13th in the nation in saves, and has the most saves by a Golden Eagle since 2008.

ACU (16-28, 5-13) enters the weekend after getting swept in its previous conference series last week at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Wildcats have lost seven of their last nine contests, including five straight against Division I opponents.

Despite their record, the Wildcats are in the middle of the conference with a .280 team batting average, led by senior Seth Spivey. The second baseman is averaging .364 at the plate, the fourth highest average in the league.

Friday’s contest will mark the first time the two programs will face each other on the diamond.

All three games will be broadcast locally on AM 1550 and 94.5 FM with Geoff Haxton on the call, and worldwide via video/audio stream on ORUGoldenEagles.com. Live stats will also be available on the ORU athletic website.

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