Score: Purdue Fort Wayne 3 – Oral Roberts 13 (8 inn.)
Records: PFW (4-12, 0-1 SL) – ORU (7-8, 1-0 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Hunter Wilson's four hits and four runs scored paced the Oral Roberts baseball team during a 13-3, run-rule victory over Purdue Fort Wayne in The Summit League opener Friday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
After the Golden Eagles struck for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Wilson scampered home on a wild pitch, the Mastodons used a three-run home run to take a 3-1 advantage.
ORU erased the deficit by scoring the final 12 runs to close out the win in the eighth inning as Wilson posted a career-high 4-for-5 day at the plate, while Spencer Henson went 4-for-4 reaching base six times. Andrew Pace added four RBI, including his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in a four-run seventh inning.
Isaac Coffey ripped a two-run double down the left-field line that tied the game, 3-3, in the third inning and sparked the Golden Eagles offense. It was heads-up base running by pinch runner Drew Lowe in the fourth that put ORU in front for good as the freshman reached third base on a single from Wilson before sliding home safely on a throwing error by Purdue Fort Wayne on the play.
Quote of the Day
"We were clean defensively and I think that's big when you start a series like this. Josh settled in and knocked down some big innings, and we came up with some timely hits. So overall, a good team effort tonight." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Inside the Box Score
- McMinn tossed six innings and struck out a season-high eight batters allowing only one hit over his final three innings of work. He gave up seven total hits, six of which were singles, and all three runs against came on one swing in the second. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native tied Ron Meridith (1977-78), Bob Macias (1978-81) and Tim McCoy (1985-86) for eighth place in the program history with 24 career wins.
-Wilson had another multi-hit game for ORU with two singles and two doubles, posting a two-run double in the seventh. He finished the night with four runs scored, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base.
-Henson matched his career best with the second four-hit performance of the season going 4-for-4 and also drew two walks reaching base all six times at the plate. The junior tallied an RBI double in the sixth and capped the contest on a RBI single in the eighth.
-Pace ended with a career-high four RBI getting his first home run as a Golden Eagle and registered a two-run single in the eighth with two outs that set up the game winner.
-Coffey turned on a pair of doubles in his first two at bats and Anthony Martinez and Blake Hall also recorded doubles as the Golden Eagles had nine of 14 hits go for extra bases. The home side also drew 10 total walks.
ORU and Purdue Fort Wayne continue the weekend series Saturday afternoon with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. live on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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