Score: Oral Roberts 6 – South Dakota State 2
Records: ORU (16-7, 6-0 SL) – SDSU (9-10, 3-3 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Powered by a five-run sixth inning, the Oral Roberts baseball team picked up a 6-2 win over South Dakota State to remain unbeaten in The Summit League and close out a weekend sweep Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles took advantage of a two-out error by the Jackrabbits in the bottom of the sixth to break open a tightly-contested, 1-1 tie. Trevor McCutchin dealt the final blow blasting a 0-2 pitch that sailed over the bullpen in right field for a two-run home run making it a 6-1 ballgame.
Starting pitcher Miguel Ausua worked out of a couple jams on his way to his fourth win of the season throwing six innings. The junior surrendered just one run on six hits as the ORU defense was nearly flawless behind him all day.
Quote of the Game
"We made a couple big swings when we needed to and got a big, five-run inning that set the tone late. I thought Mike's at-bat was outstanding late (RBI single in eight-pitch at bat) and Trevor's swing was big in that moment to create some distance. Miguel was in control most of the game, giving up a couple hits, but in the end, he made pitches when he needed to. You have to like his progress up to this point." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU scored six unanswered runs after SDSU got out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. After the Golden Eagles tied the score, 1-1, in the fourth, a two-out ground ball slid underneath a Jackrabbit glove leading to five unearned runs in the sixth. The tallies pushed the ORU win streak to seven games and a perfect 6-0 in Summit League action.
Inside the Box Score
- The win marked the 150th in the career of Head Coach Ryan Folmar during his tenure at Oral Roberts since taking over in 2013.
- McCutchin hit one of ORU's longest home runs of the season for his fifth blast of the year. All five have come in his last 32 at bats during a nine-game stretch.
- Ausua tied the team lead with his fourth victory on the mound throwing six innings allowing just one run, a solo home run, to the Jackrabbits. He finished the afternoon giving up six hits, while striking out four and walking one on 77 pitches.
- SDSU was forced into an emergency start from Bryce Hanson after an injury to its scheduled starter. Hanson responded by throwing three, no-hit innings with two strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles head to Springfield, Missouri, for their first road game in nearly three weeks to face Missouri State Tuesday afternoon. The first pitch of the mid-week contest is slated for 6:30 p.m.
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