Game One Score: Murray State 5 – Oral Roberts 6
Game Two Score: Murray State 3 – Oral Roberts 11
Records: MUR (0-2) – ORU (2-0)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Hunter Wilson and Andrew Pace provided a bulk of the offense as the Oral Roberts baseball team opened the 2019 season with a doubleheader sweep of Murray State rallying for 6-5 win in game one before a decisive, 11-3 victory to close a cold Saturday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The duo combined to go 11-for-18 with seven RBI and five runs scored sparking the home side to a perfect start to the year. The Golden Eagles scored 17 of the final 20 runs over the day's last 13 innings after falling behind 5-0 in game one.
ORU made two defensive gems to spark its bats in the middle innings of the opener tallying a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames to take a permanent lead. Pace made a diving catch in the left-center gap closing the top of the fifth and the Golden Eagles turned an inning-ending double play in the sixth.
A five-run seventh inning put game two out of reach as it extended ORU's 6-2 advantage completing a 13-hit effort and the sweep.
Quote of the Day
"We got a lot of guys to the mound and that was important as we saw some young guys on the mound in tight situations. I was proud of the way those guys responded, but as much as anything on opening day you just have to get out and play." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Turning Point (Game One)
ORU climbed back into the game after falling behind 5-0 by making it a 5-4 ballgame in the fifth inning. The comeback was completed in the sixth by scoring twice on a single from Wilson for the Golden Eagles' first lead of the season, 6-5. Isaac Coffey started the rally by sending a one-out single to right for his first collegiate hit and Anthony Martinez followed hitting a two-out double putting both into scoring position. Wilson tagged the Racers for his third-consecutive single, this time plating a pair, including the eventual winning run as Martinez slid home safely.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Wilson quickly made his presence felt at the top of the lineup going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Pace added two hits with a run scored as the team tallied nine hits from six different players in the first game of 2019.
- Wolf, a freshman from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, turned his ORU debut into one to remember recording the save on opening day. Following a walk to his first batter that loaded the bases, he closed the game with a strikeout and fly ball to right.
- McMinn earned the victory tossing six innings allowing five runs on eight hits as he struck out three before giving way to the bullpen. Colton Larkins was exceptional in 2.1 innings from the bullpen fanning four Racer hitters on one hit before Wolf finished out the contest.
Turning Point (Game Two)
After Murray State struck for an early 1-0 advantage in the second inning, the Golden Eagles stormed back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back. Jack Rosenberg and Blake Hall started with singles before a fielding error allowed one run to score and even the contest. Wilson then stepped in and pushed two runs across on a sharp single giving the Golden Eagles a 3-1 cushion.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Gaskins turned in five solid innings of work in his ORU debut giving up just two runs and three hits, while striking out four. The junior forced eight ground ball outs effectively working the bottom of the zone.
- Pace carried his hot bat into the nightcap posting a career-high four hits as the senior went 4-for-5 totaling two RBI and a run scored, while Wilson was 2-for-4 adding three RBI and two runs.
- Rosenberg launched ORU's first home run of the year sending a solo home run to dead center leading off the third. Earlier in the contest, he scored the Golden Eagles' tying run finishing 2-for-4 at the plate. Hall also went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored twice
- Martinez and Dylan Smethurst continued the impressive glove work for ORU as both made spectacular plays to rob the Racers of hits.
The Golden Eagles close their opening weekend of action Sunday afternoon going for the series sweep of the Racers starting at 12 p.m. Don't miss a single pitch of the action live on the ORU Sports Network.
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