Score: No. 9 Oklahoma 6 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: OU (26-6) – ORU (19-9)
Location: Norman, Okla. (L. Dale Mitchell Park)
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team could not make a two-run lead hold on the road at No. 9 Oklahoma falling 6-2 during an in-state matchup Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead through five innings, the Golden Eagles' upset bid was thwarted in a five-run seventh inning for the Sooners. With winds howling to right, OU broke the 2-2 tie with a grand slam.
Dylan Snypes and Noah Cummings tallied two hits on the night as the offense could not come through down the stretch to pull away from the nationally-ranked Sooners. The ORU pitching staff was in control for all but one critical inning limiting OU's bats on a cool night.
Quote of the Game
"You have to keep the ball in the yard, but I don't know if we played well enough offensively to pull away. We are a pitch away from having a chance to get it done, but came up short. Against good clubs, you can't make mistakes, have a bad pitch or have bad innings; and we did." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
OU's Austin O'Brien, son of former ORU baseball's John O'Brien, turned a 2-2 tie into a four-run lead for the home side on one swing in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, the senior elevated a full-count pitch into the heavy winds blowing out to right for a grand slam as part of the five-run seventh for the Sooners.
Inside the Box Score
- Aggressive base running by the Golden Eagles led to the game's opening run in the second inning. Cummings hit a single back up the middle before Trevor McCutchin reached on catcher's interference, the first of two called against the OU catcher. Both runners advanced on a pitch in the dirt before Brent Williams brought home the run on a sacrifice fly.
- ORU's lead stretched to 2-0 in the fifth as Williams reached second base following a single off the bat of Cal Hernandez. Snypes delivered a RBI single over the pitcher's head into center field and Williams raced home for the run.
- Forced into an emergency start after Logan Michaels got sick, Grant Glaze gave ORU a great outing throwing two scoreless innings striking out three Sooners. He was joined by McCutchin and Spencer Henson in holding OU off the board through five innings. Evan Eubanks also pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Golden Eagles.
- Bill Lovvorn was charged with his first loss of the season allowing three runs from the bullpen. He came into the contest having thrown 10-consecutive scoreless innings over his last six appearances.
- Hungate saw his 16-game hit streak snapped, but he did draw the only walk for ORU.
- The Golden Eagles entered the game having defeated Oklahoma in four of the last five meetings and get a chance to even the season series next Tuesday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
ORU returns to Summit League action with a trip to Fort Wayne for a three-game series April 7-8. The weekend gets underway Friday morning with a doubleheader against the Mastodons starting at 11 a.m.
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