Score: Oral Roberts 2 – Little Rock 5
Records: ORU (13-10, 4-2 Summit League) – LR (14-10, 4-2 Sun Belt)
Location: Little Rock, Ark. (Gary Hogan Field)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Oral Roberts baseball team could not make its two-run lead stand on the road at Little Rock in a 5-2 loss Tuesday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field.
The Golden Eagles took an early lead scoring one run in the first and again in the fourth for a 2-0 advantage, but the Trojans responded with the game's final five runs to pick up the win.
ORU tallied 10 hits in the contest and fell victim to leaving runners on base in key moments as it stranded a total of 10 runners. The Golden Eagles left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with the potential go-ahead run at the plate.
Quote of the Day
"We made some defensive mistakes. If you look throughout the game, we made a lot of mistakes defensively. We were good in spurts. I thought we pitched well in spurts and I thought we were good offensively in spurts, but we were not good defensively today and we didn't put it all together." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Little Rock posted four-consecutive hits in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored three times to negate a one-run lead for ORU. A one-out double started the offense for the Trojans and was followed by a single, triple and another single to give the home side all the run support it needed.
Inside the Box Score
- The top of the lineup produced for the Golden Eagles as the first four batters recorded eight of the team's 10 total hits with each player recording two.
- Noah Cummings plated ORU's second run of the game in the fourth hitting a lead-off single. The senior moved into scoring position by swiping second base and came around to score on a RBI double off the wall by Riley Keizor.
- Starting pitcher Taylor Varnell was sharp early in the game and struck out six in the first three innings, including all three batters faced in the second. He took the loss throwing five innings allowing five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
ORU returns home to J.L. Johnson Stadium for a Summit League series against North Dakota State March 30-31. Game one is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday night on the ORU Sports Network before a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. live on ESPN3.
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