Score: Omaha 1 – Oral Roberts 7
Records: UNO (14-30, 9-13 Summit League) – ORU (31-16, 20-5 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Josh McMinn pitched a complete-game, four-hitter as the Oral Roberts baseball team defeated Omaha, 7-1, in game one of a Summit League series Friday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
McMinn, a junior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, struck out a career-best nine batters on his way to the victory surrendering just one run on four hits. He allowed a solo home run on the first pitch of the sixth inning after retiring 15 of the first 18 batters he faced and shut down the Mavericks' offense going the distance.
Quote of the Day
"Josh had really, really good stuff tonight. That's probably the best stuff that he's had all year. He sustained it for nine innings and he was special tonight. If you go back to his last three innings against North Dakota State that's kind of how he threw the ball. He settled in tonight and really cruised." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Mavericks tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the sixth, the Golden Eagles responded in the bottom half of the frame. Riley Keizor drew a lead-off walk before Trevor McCutchin singled and AJ Archambo walked to load the bases and force Omaha into its bullpen for the first time. Harrison Smith lined a RBI single to left for the go-ahead run and on the next pitch, Nick Roark chopped a two-run single back up the middle pushing ORU in front, 4-1.
Inside the Box Score
- McMinn cruised through the second complete game of his career using 110 pitches to take down the Mavericks. His previous complete game was May 28, 2016 in the deciding game of The Summit League Championship against Fort Wayne. He struck out the first two batters he faced and closed the night on a swinging third strike to finish with a career-high nine punch outs.
- McCutchin reached base four times in the game going 3-for-3, including a RBI double off the wall in right center giving ORU a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He added a two-run single in the seventh with the bases loaded.
- Roark added two hits on the night with a two-run single in the sixth to help the Golden Eagles break open a close contest. Riley Keizor also reached base twice going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while Nick Rotola crossed home plate twice.
- Archambo showcased incredible plate discipline as the freshman set a career high drawing three walks and scored a run.
The Golden Eagles and Mavericks continue the weekend series Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. with first pitch live on ESPN+. ORU has a chance to clinch The Summit League regular season title with a victory and a loss by South Dakota State.
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