Score: Omaha 1 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: UNO (14-32, 9-15 Summit League) – ORU (33-16, 22-5 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Andrew Pace lifted a sacrifice fly into center field scoring Cal Hernandez in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the Oral Roberts baseball team a 2-1 win over Omaha on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles defense was the difference in the ballgame turning a double play in the top of the ninth with a pair of Mavericks on base, including the tying run in scoring position. That play came after Hernandez made a diving stop at third base and caught an Omaha runner on the bases to erase a lead-off double.
Brady Womacks picked up the victory on the mound recording the final five outs as ORU finished the regular season unbeaten at home in Summit League action going a perfect 15-0.
Quotes of the Day
"I'm proud of the way our guys battled today and were able to send the seniors out on a winning note. This has been a special group and to win on Senior Day in front of family and friends is fitting." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Following the defensive stand in the top half of the ninth, Hernandez led the bottom of the frame by getting hit-by-pitch. Nick Roark dropped a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away at first base allowing him to reach safely and put the winning run 90 feet from home plate. After an intentional walk to Riley Keizor loaded the bases, Pace hit a high fly ball to center for the series-clinching sacrifice fly.
Inside the Box Score
- The victory marked the first time the Golden Eagles went undefeated at home in the conference regular season since an 11-0 record in 2009.
- Spencer Henson led the offense with two hits in the contest, coming via singles in the first and fourth innings.
- Nick Rotola opened the game with a single to right and scored the go-ahead run on a ground ball double play. Roark added the other hit for ORU on a lead-off single in the seventh.
- Justin McGregor tossed 7.1 innings in the start allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts. The senior retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced and lowered his league-leading earned run average to 2.31.
- The official time of two hours and six minutes was the shortest, nine-inning game of the season for ORU.
The Golden Eagles hit the road for an extended trip to the state of Indiana starting Tuesday night at Purdue. ORU's matchup with the Boilermakers from the Big 10 is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. (CT) with live audio coverage available on the ORU Sports Network.
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