Score: Oral Roberts 6, Western Illinois 1
Records: ORU (39-14, 25-4 SL) – WIU (18-30, 12-15 SL)
Location: Macomb, Ill. (Alfred D. Boyer Stadium)
With temperatures more than 20 degrees colder than Thursday's series opener, Snypes went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Golden Eagles and matched his season-high with three RBI. The junior had the only two extra-base hits for ORU hitting a pair of doubles in the final two innings to drive in three insurance runs. He now has 17 doubles on the year tying for the Summit League lead.
ORU got five shut-down innings of relief from Ausua as he won his 10th game of the season, tying for third in the NCAA. The junior extended a team-best streak of scoreless innings to 22.2 and kept the Leatherneck hitters off balance all afternoon as only two of 16 batters faced reached base.
Quote of the Game
"We've talked all year long about being able to win different ways, being able to score different ways, and being able to get people out with a lot of different guys. I think you've seen that over the last couple of weeks, where a lot of guys have gotten opportunities and taken advantage of it. When you have a bunch of guys contributing, you're able to win in different ways. I think that gives you great flexibility and gives you the ability to match up with a lot of different people." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Leathernecks tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Eagles responded with five runs in the final three innings to break the game open and take the series. ORU scored the go-ahead run in the seventh as Trevor McCutchin drew a pinch-hit, lead-off walk to start the frame. The sophomore moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Harrison Smith before Nick Roark sent a pinch-hit, RBI single back up the middle for a 2-1 advantage. The single extended his streak of reaching base safely to 25 games, matching Matt Whatley for the longest this season for ORU.
Inside the Box Score
- Ausua made his first appearance from the Golden Eagles' bullpen and was dynamite for the final five innings. He surrendered only one hit and one walk, while striking out two, to lower his earned run average to a conference-best 1.86.
- Whatley drew three of ORU's six walks on the day and was 1-for-2 at the plate and now tops the league with 41 free passes. McCutchin was 1-for-1 and added a walk, while Michael Hungate tallied two hits and two runs offensively.
- Trent Shelton opened the game by reaching base getting hit by a pitch and later scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch.
- ORU starter Josh McMinn went four innings on a pitch count allowing one run on six hits and struck out three WIU hitters.
ORU and WIU play the final game of the regular season Saturday scheduled for 1 p.m. with rain threats in the area as the Golden Eagles go for their 40th win of the campaign.
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