Score: Oral Roberts 2 – Western Illinois 8
Records: ORU (16-12, 7-3 Summit League) – WIU (5-18, 4-4 Summit League)
Location: Macomb, Ill. (Alfred D. Boyer Stadium)
MACOMB, Ill. – Riley Keizor reached base five times, but eight errors proved too much to overcome as the Oral Roberts baseball team dropped an 8-2 decision at Western Illinois Saturday afternoon at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was suspended in the eighth inning with the Golden Eagles leading the Leathernecks 4-1.
ORU left 11 runners on base, including seven in scoring position, during a four-inning stretch from the third to the seventh frames. The Golden Eagles stranded a season-high total of 14 runners in the contest as they dropped the opening game after holding a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Keizor's RBI single.
Quote of the Day
"That was bad. We were poor defensively and left a lot of guys on base. In three of the first six innings we left the bases loaded, and we didn't pitch well. We got beat in every phase here this afternoon and we've got to try to get it turned around." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Golden Eagles left the bases loaded in the top of the third inning, momentum swung to WIU, despite back-to-back strikeouts by starter Josh McMinn opening the frame. A two-out double started a three-run inning for the Leathernecks as they capitalized on two ORU errors and gained control of the opening game with a 3-0 advantage.
Inside the Box Score
- Keizor reached base all five times he went to the plate, starting with a RBI single in the top of the first inning. The sophomore added a walk, was hit-by-pitch twice and singled again in the ninth.
- Trevor McCutchin also tallied a pair of hits for the Golden Eagles, both singles.
- Seven of the eight runs scored by the Leathernecks were unearned as the home side took advantage of the ORU miscues.
The Golden Eagles and Leathernecks will finish off game two of the weekend set Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and scheduled to play the series finale following its conclusion. Live audio coverage will be available on the ORU Sports Network as well as a free video broadcast courtesy of Western Illinois.
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