Score: Oral Roberts 5 – North Dakota State 1
Records: ORU (11-7, 2-0 SL) – NDSU (7-12, 0-2 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Trevor McCutchin turned in the best performance of his young career pushing the Oral Roberts baseball team to a 5-1 win over North Dakota State Saturday afternoon. The sophomore belted two home runs and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
A native of Owasso, Oklahoma, McCutchin led off both the second and sixth innings with solo home runs boosting the offense on a day where the Golden Eagles secured the series in their Summit League opener.
Starting pitcher Josh McMinn settled in after a rocky start to allow just one, unearned run over 5.2 innings. The sophomore gave up three hits to the Bison and struck out four to earn his third win of the season.
Quote of the Game
"Trevor (McCutchin) was the difference in today's game on both sides. He makes two big swings that really changed the momentum both times and gave us a really good outing on the mound as well. It's good to find a way to win when you don't play all that well and I think that's important. Clinching the first conference series win is a good feeling, but we know that we need to play better tomorrow." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Bison cut the ORU lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, McCutchin stepped to the plate and blasted the first pitch of the bottom half of the frame over the fence in right. The long ball jump started a three-run inning for the Golden Eagles that secured the first series victory in Summit League play this season.
Inside the Box Score
- McMinn retired the first two batters of the game for NDSU, but issued walks to the next three loading the bases in the first inning. He was able to force a fly out ending the threat and started a stretch where he retired 10 of the next 11 hitters.
- McCutchin is the second ORU player this season to record a multi-home run effort joining Brent Williams, who accomplished the feat at Kansas, Feb. 28. He also joined with Bryce Howe to throw scoreless innings from the bullpen without allowing any hits and struck out four, while going 2-for-4 at the plate.
- Michael Hungate matched his career best tallying a 3-for-4 performance for ORU and swiped his team-leading sixth stolen base of the year.
- Saturday marked the fifth-consecutive game and 11th time in 18 games this season the Golden Eagles posted double-digit hits finishing with 12.
- Uncharacteristically, ORU committed a season-high, four errors in the game after entering the weekend ranked in the top 20 nationally in fielding percentage.
The Golden Eagles go for the weekend Summit League sweep of the Bison Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and live video, audio and stats will be available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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