Score: Oral Roberts 16 – Omaha 8
Records: ORU (13-9, 4-2 SL) – UNO (9-13, 5-1 SL)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (Seymour Smith Park)
OMAHA, Neb. – Three home runs in the ninth inning closed out a 16-8 victory for the Oral Roberts baseball team on the road at Omaha Sunday afternoon at Seymour Smith Park.
The Golden Eagles finally found their offense late in the game scoring all 16 runs in the final four frames. They quickly worked out of a slump, after being held hitless through four innings, by scoring five times in the fifth and erased an early 4-0 deficit.
Riley Keizor and Jack Rosenberg put the exclamation point on the victory hitting back-to-back home runs in the ninth before Noah Cummings added a towering two-run blast to cap the day. Rosenberg also hit a solo home run to left opening the eighth inning.
Quote of the Day
"I think you felt a little bit more urgency because of the outcome of the first two. Our guys understood the gravity of today's game. You never say it's a must-win game when we're playing the sixth conference game, but it felt like we needed to win this one. I don't know that it gets any tougher in terms of conditions for a three-game series than what we endured this weekend, and luckily we were able to pull one out here today." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles scored five times on four hits and took advantage of three Omaha errors in the fifth inning to take control of the contest before recording an out. Jared Montoya reached via error before singles from Nick Roark and Cal Hernandez loaded the bases. Cummings brought home a run on a catcher's interference call and Spencer Henson followed with a RBI single. Keizor pulled a two-run single down the line in left to put ORU in front, 5-4.
Inside the Box Score
- The offense came through with five runs in the sixth before scoring two in the seventh, three in the eighth and six more in the ninth. ORU totaled 13 hits and nine of 10 players that posted a plate appearance scored at least one run, paced by three-run efforts by Roark and Hernandez.
- Keizor led the charge with three hits and four RBI, while Cummings totaled five RBI on two hits recording a triple and home run in his final two at-bats.
- Rosenberg registered his second multi-home run performance of the campaign with a pair of solo shots in the eighth and ninth innings.
- Starting pitcher Justin McGregor (2-0) picked up the victory as the offense helped his cause by rallying to take the lead in the fifth. The senior allowed four runs in five innings of work and struck out six with five hits allowed.
ORU remains on the road for a mid-week contest at Little Rock Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Don't miss a single pitch with live audio available on the ORU Sports Network.
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