Game One Score: Oral Roberts 7 – South Dakota State 6 (13 innings)
Game Two Score: Oral Roberts 11 – South Dakota State 5
Records: ORU (15-7, 5-0 SL) – SDSU (9-9, 3-2 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team closed out two wins over South Dakota State Saturday at J.L. Johnson Stadium, including a 13-inning marathon that carried over after it was suspended Friday night, 7-6, before an 11-5 victory in the regularly scheduled contest.
The Golden Eagles remain unbeaten in Summit League play taking the opening two games of a weekend series against the Jackrabbits, who came to Tulsa unbeaten in conference action.
Sam Grellner finished off the suspended game in the bottom of the 13th inning on a walk-off single into left field and ORU scored in five of eight innings, including a four-run second frame, to get the win in game two.
Quote of the Day
"Last night was obviously sloppy, but we found a way. I thought Bill (Lovvorn) was the difference giving us three good innings to give us a chance. We were able to scratch one as Sam (Grellner) got a big hit with two outs. In game two, we got out to a good start and I thought our bullpen was the difference in the two games. We had a couple big swings as Dylan (Snypes) had a three-run double that was crucial and I thought the Noah (Cummings) swing at the end of the game really capped it off." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
As they have done all season long, the Golden Eagles came up with two-out scoring to close out the win. Matt Whatley singled to right center with one out and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before a two-out walk to Brent Williams. Grellner stepped to the plate and turned on the first pitch he saw, ripping a RBI single down the line in left as Whatley crossed home plate for the deciding run.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- In a game that officially lasted 4:38, not counting a 47-minute weather delay before being suspended, the teams totaled exactly 500 pitches from 11 different pitchers. Both sides struggled to find the strike zone combining for 28 free passes, including 26 walks, as eight of the 13 runs scored came via free bases.
- It was the third time this season ORU has reached extra innings, all of which were ended in the 13th by the home team. The Golden Eagles won Feb. 18 against Little Rock and dropped a Mar. 3 game at Minnesota in the previous two extra-inning affairs.
- Nick Roark and Williams each went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double to lead the offense, while Michael Hungate added a double and a team-high two RBI. Whatley set a new career-high drawing four of the team's season-high 13 walks.
- Bill Lovvorn picked up his first win of the season for ORU throwing the final three innings holding SDSU scoreless on just two bases runners. He tossed 13 pitches in the rain Friday night before returning to the mound Saturday to finish off the decision. The senior has now thrown eight-consecutive scoreless innings over his last four appearances.
- Both teams had chances to break the game wide open, but 32 runners were stranded on base, including 19 from the Jackrabbits, who finished the game with 14 hits.
Game Two Turning Point
After the Jackrabbits turned a 4-0 deficit into a one-run contest in the third, ORU responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead back to four, 7-3. Cal Hernandez pulled a lead-off double down the line and Roark pushed across his second RBI single of the game. Whatley followed by coming through with the long ball smashing a line-drive home run to left center.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Whatley led the Golden Eagles going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Noah Cummings and Grellner joined him with two runs, while five different players totaled multi-hit efforts. ORU posted 14 hits to reach double figures for the 14th time this season and is now averaging 10.3 hits per contest through 22 games.
- Cummings regained his team lead in home runs hitting a two-run blast in the 8th inning for his sixth of the season and ORU's 27th of the year.
- Hungate sprinted to his second triple of the week to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Dylan Snypes also closed the day with a hit in each game and has now recorded a hit in 13-straight. He delivered a bases-clearing, three-run double in the second inning as ORU raced out to the early lead.
- Josh McMinn won his third-straight decision in what was billed as a battle of two of the Summit League's top pitchers entering the weekend. The sophomore matched his career-high striking out seven over six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits. SDSU starter Ryan Froom was forced to leave the game with an injury after allowing two runs in 1.1 innings and was charged with the loss.
ORU and SDSU close the Summit League series Sunday in game three at J.L. Johnson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for noon with live audio, video and stats available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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