Score: Little Rock 3 – Oral Roberts 4 (10 innings)
Records: LR (7-18) – ORU (11-11)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Hunter Swift's walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning handed the Oral Roberts baseball team a come-from-behind victory, 4-3, over Little Rock Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The junior drove home the final three runs for the Golden Eagles finishing 3-for-4 at the plate to complete the rally. Swift used a two-run double in the sixth inning to tie the game, 3-3, before his third hit of the night clinched the mid-week win.
The Trojans struck first in the opening frame capitalizing on a lead-off walk and a hit batter for the 1-0 lead. After ORU evened the game in the second on a Drew Lowe RBI groundout, the visitors plated runs in the third and fifth taking a 3-1 advantage.
It was the bullpen of the Golden Eagles that shut down Little Rock allowing just one unearned run over the final seven innings giving their offense a chance to secure the nail-biting decision.
Quote of the Day
"You have to find different ways to win and different people to win. You can't rely on the same guys every time. Today was Hunter Swift's day. He was good all day long, drove in three of the four. It's going to be a process. We're young and inexperienced, but we're going to be a different team in May than we are today." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Isaac Coffey started the late-inning rally hitting a single to left and moved into scoring position on a groundout. A two-out walk to Riley Keizor brought Swift back to the plate and he came through again sending a 2-1 pitch past a diving Little Rock shortstop into left field. Coffey got a great jump off contact and sprinted home sliding head first to beat the throw giving the Golden Eagles the extra-inning victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Swift picked an opportune time for his career-best three RBI delivering in clutch moments for the Golden Eagles. It was his second, three-hit game in the last three outings for the Kansas City, Missouri, native.
- Coffey added a multi-hit day offensively going 2-for-5 and scored the winning run. Trevor McCutchin, who led the second frame with a single, later scored ORU's first run of the night and Jake McMurray posted a single and two walks reaching base safely three times.
- Keizor drew two walks moving his team-leading total to 19 and scored a run, while Andrew Pace also crossed home plate for the home side, both of which came on Swift double.
- ORU's defense came through in critical moments turning a pair of double plays, including one in the ninth inning that erased a lead-off single. It was AJ Archambo that started the double play as the sophomore picked up his first collegiate victory throwing three shutout innings and striking out four.
- Caleb Lee gave up two runs on one hit pitching three innings in his first start for the Golden Eagles and Tanner Rogen made his first appearance of the year throwing two innings surrendering one hit and an unearned run. McCutchin and Sam Rainwater also worked scoreless innings from the ORU bullpen, which combined for 10 strikeouts on the night.
The Golden Eagles return to Summit League play hosting the Bison of North Dakota State March 29-31. The series gets started Friday night under the lights of J.L. Johnson Stadium at 6 p.m.
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