Score: Oklahoma 2 – Oral Roberts 3
Records: OU (25-13) – ORU (17-17)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – In nail-biting fashion, the Oral Roberts baseball team held on to an early three-run lead taking down Oklahoma Tuesday night, 3-2, at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles finished off the season series sweep against the Sooners for the first time since 2014 by executing in clutch situations on the mound leaving 14 opposing runners on base. The home side stranded the bases loaded in three different innings, including the final frame.
Three RBI singles in the first four innings staked ORU to an early 3-0 advantage and tagged OU starting pitcher Ben Abram with his first collegiate loss as the freshman entered the night a perfect 6-0.
Oklahoma scored twice in the fifth and thought it plated the tying run in the eighth as Brandon Zaragoza walked with one out and later stole second, but an errant throw allowed him to reach third. He was waved home and an alert defense aided by a strong throw from ORU's Anthony Martinez got to catcher Riley Keizor in time to make a perfect tag ending the inning. The call was confirmed via replay maintaining the one-run edge for the Golden Eagles.
Trevor McCutchin picked up the win from the bullpen as the senior shut down the Sooners over 2.1 innings giving up only one hit. Spencer Henson kept things interesting in the ninth inning as OU loaded the bases with one out before the junior stranded the tying run at third base to close out the win before a post-game fireworks show at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Quote of the Day
"That's the kind of thing you except from a guy who has been here a while. Spencer didn't lose his composure, kept calm and made some pitches. I thought he threw the ball well and we liked what we saw." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Already holding a 2-0 lead, a lead-off single by Hunter Swift in the bottom of the fourth proved to be critical. The junior fouled off several pitches before reaching with the first of his two hits on the night. He moved into scoring position on a balk call to Abram and advanced to third tagging on a long fly out. Oklahoma brought the infield in facing Anthony Martinez, who promptly laced a RBI single through the left side to give ORU a 3-0 advantage and the eventual game-winning run.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU's offense had at least one hit in seven of eight innings played, including having the lead-off runner on base in each of the first six frames. Eight different players had at least one hit for the Golden Eagles as it took a balanced effort to get the win.
- Hunter Wilson scored the first two runs on the night and went 1-for-4, while Henson and Swift each tallied two hits with three of the four going for extra bases. Henson also drew a walk reaching base three times.
- ORU's pitchers held the Sooners to 3-for-20 with runners on base and not one of the three hits scored a run as OU tallied its runs on a ground ball double play and a passed ball during the fifth.
- Isaac Coffey was in command in the start for the Golden Eagles as the freshman tossed three scoreless innings allowing four hits and struck out three. Landon Odom, McCutchin, Trey Wolf and Henson pitched effectively from the bullpen securing the victory without allowing a run. Henson tied Wolf for the team lead with his fourth save of the season.
ORU hits the road for the next seven games beginning with a quick, three-game series against the Bison of North Dakota State. The Summit League action has been moved to Moorhead, Minnesota, to play at Concordia College starting Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m., while a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. caps the weekend.
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