Score: Little Rock 1 – Oral Roberts 8
Records: LR (6-7) – ORU (8-4)
Location: Little Rock, Ark. (Gary Hogan Field)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Oral Roberts pitching staff struck out a season-best 15 batters and Noah Cummings provided the offensive spark in an 8-1 victory on the road at Little Rock Wednesday night at Gary Hogan Field.
Cummings went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored before the Golden Eagles broke the game open late against 10 different pitchers for the Trojans.
Logan Michaels made the most of his first start this season throwing three shutout innings to get the win striking out six batters of the 11 he faced. He got the pitching staff going matching the most strikeouts by an individual this season and the bullpen carried the dominance combining to allow five hits over the final six innings.
Quote of the Game
"Logan was good; I thought he was sharp throughout his three innings. That's what we needed from him early. He was able to get strike one and mix in some breaking balls and changeups. I thought he was really good." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles set the tone early scoring twice with two outs in the top of the first inning, something they have done all season long, as ORU is now out-scoring opponents 12-5 in the opening frame of contests. Nick Roark got the day started lifting a one-out single into center and Cummings followed with a double into the gap in right center to plate the junior. Brent Williams doubled the ORU lead to 2-0 hitting an RBI single up the middle giving the visitors all the room needed for the road win.
Inside the Box Score
- Michaels was brilliant for the Golden Eagles getting ahead of Little Rock hitters throwing a first-pitch strike to nine of 11 batters. The redshirt junior struck out six Trojans over three innings, including striking out the side in the bottom of the second inning. Michaels allowed just two hits and did not issue a walk needing 41 pitches for his outing.
- Nick Rotola got his first extra-base hit since opening weekend with a double down the line in left opening the fifth inning. The senior came around to score on Matt Whatley's sacrifice fly, the 19th run for ORU in the fifth inning of games this season.
- Whatley hit a single in the top of the third inning to extend his hitting streak to double figures at 10 games as the junior has now reached base safely in all 12 appearance in 2017.
- The Golden Eagles' pitching staff recorded 15 strikeouts for the night getting at least one against eight of nine Little Rock starters. Bill Lovvorn struck out one, Spencer Henson retired three of five he faced via punch out, Trevor McCutchin put down one, Glaze struck out a pair and Stout capped the evening with a strikeout to end the contest.
- ORU got offense from all over the lineup as eight different players recorded at least one of the team's 14 hits, as the Golden Eagles reached double-figure hits for the sixth time this season and the third time in four meetings against the Trojans. Daniel Kloehr also picked up an RBI groundout in his first-career at-bat for the navy and gold in a three-run ninth inning.
ORU returns home for the first time in nearly three weeks to open an 11-game homestand March 10 against perennial power and nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist. The three-game series gets underway Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium with live video, audio and stats available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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