Score: No. 19 Oklahoma 5 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: OU (21-10, 6-0 Big 12) – ORU (16-11, 7-2 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team suffered a 5-2 loss to nationally-ranked Oklahoma Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium, despite limiting the potent Sooner offense to just six hits.
After OU took an early 2-0 lead in the third, the Golden Eagles responded with the tying runs in the fourth taking advantage of a pair of wild pitches. Riley Keizor raced home from third on a wild pitch and Nick Rotola sprinted around third and slid home safely on an errant throw by the catcher turning momentum in favor of ORU.
The Sooners regained the lead in the sixth and added two insurance runs in the ninth to secure the road win as the Golden Eagles dropped their first game to OU at home since 2013.
Quote of the Day
"We have to get a lot tougher offensively. We gave away a lot of at-bats and struck out way too much. And then you look at the five runs they scored, three walks, one hit batter and an error. We have to quit giving up empty runs like that. But that's a really good club, and we'll get another chance to face them next week." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU put the potential tying run to third base in the bottom of the seventh as Trevor McCutchin doubled off the wall in right to start the frame, trailing the Sooners 3-2. He nearly tied the game as his drive hit the wall just a few feet short of reaching the Golden Eagles' bullpen. A sacrifice bunt by Nick Rotola moved McCutchin to third before OU's Austin Hansen entered the game and struck out a pair of ORU pinch hitters to stop the threat.
Inside the Box Score
- Nick Roark, Keizor, McCutchin and Rotola posted the hits for the Golden Eagles.
- ORU got its lead-off runner on base in the first, second and seventh innings, but was not able to push across a run in any of the innings.
- Taylor Varnell posted his fifth-consecutive start with at least seven strikeouts as he pitched into the sixth inning. The senior allowed three runs, two earned, on just three hits with five walks to suffer the loss.
- Four of the five runs allowed by the Golden Eagles' pitchers reached base via a free pass with either a walk or hit batter. ORU walked eight hitters and beaned two for the contest.
ORU returns to the road for its next four games starting with a weekend series of Summit League action at Western Illinois April 6-8. Game one of the three-game series gets underway Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. with live coverage available on the ORU Sports Network.
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