Score: Oral Roberts 1 – Wichita State 2
Records: ORU (30-16, 19-5 Summit League) – WSU (30-16, 6-12 American)
Location: Wichita, Kan. (Eck Stadium)
WICHITA, Kan. – The Oral Roberts baseball team dropped a 2-1 pitcher's duel at Wichita State Tuesday night at Eck Stadium snapping a nine-game win streak.
Despite getting a great effort on the mound from starting pitcher Taylor Varnell, the Golden Eagles could not come up with the offense to pull off the road victory totaling five hits.
Riley Keizor returned to the lineup after missing a week of action and quickly gave ORU the lead in the top of the second inning. The sophomore reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball and wild pitch. Keizor scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Nick Rotola as the Golden Eagles jumped in front, 1-0. The Shockers tied the game in the bottom half of the second before plating the eventual winning run in the fourth.
Quote of the Day
"Those were two good clubs getting after each other. I thought both teams pitched very well. We made a couple of double plays and had a great play in the outfield by Rotola; they just made one more swing than we did. When you play good clubs, that one swing is often what it comes down to. It was just a good college baseball game." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Wichita State broke a 1-1 tie on the first pitch of the fourth inning as future first-round draft pick, Alec Bohm, lifted a solo home run to center field. The Shockers went on to load the bases later in the frame before ORU turned an inning-ending double play ending the threat and keeping the offense within striking distance.
Inside the Box Score
- Andrew Pace reached base three times in the contest drawing two walks before a lead-off single starting the ninth inning. He moved into scoring position on a wild pitch as the potential tying run before the Shockers stopped the rally.
- Nick Roark tallied two of ORU's five hits, including a two-out double in the fifth. The senior advanced to third on a wild pitch.
- Varnell suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs on four hits across seven quality innings of work. The senior struck out three and utilized the defense behind him by forcing 10 ground ball outs. Brady Womacks pitched an inning of scoreless relief striking out two.
- The Golden Eagles' defense turned three double plays in the opening four innings, including one in the fourth to end the frame with the bases loaded.
- ORU had runners on base in seven of the nine innings played, but stranded seven runners on base, hitting 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
ORU returns home for a three-game series against Omaha looking to clinch The Summit League regular season championship May 11-13 at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Game one gets underway Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with live coverage available on the ORU Sports Network.
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