Score: Oral Roberts 5 – Little Rock 6 (10 innings)
Records: ORU (23-21, 14-10 SL) – LR (22-25, 13-10 Sun Belt)
Location: Little Rock, Ark. (Gary Hogan Field)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A 5-0 lead for the Oral Roberts baseball team was not enough Tuesday night as Little Rock rallied back scoring six-unanswered runs in a 6-5, extra-inning loss at Gary Hogan Field.
The Golden Eagles opened up a 5-0 lead thanks to a four-run third inning as Spencer Henson hammered a solo home run, his Summit League leading 14th of the year, to put the visitors in front 2-0. Trevor McCutchin lined a two-run triple off the wall in center to double the ORU advantage before scoring on Riley Keizor's RBI single.
The Trojans chipped away at the margin posting three runs in the third before tying the game in the sixth. ORU was unable to gain any momentum offensively as it was limited to five walks and no hits over the final seven innings. The Golden Eagles were able to load the bases with two outs in the seventh behind three walks, but could not scratch across the go-ahead tally.
Quote of the Day
"We didn't get any hits. You have to tip your cap to them. We had some base runners, we were able to get some guys on with walks and get some traffic on; we just couldn't get that big hit to get us going." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Little Rock's first batter of the 10th inning did not waste any time closing out the mid-week contest as Riley Pittman belted a 2-1 pitch clear of the trees in right field for the walk-off winner. The victory for the Trojans evened the season series after ORU won at home in extra innings back in March.
Inside the Box Score
- Henson turned on the first pitch he saw with one out in the third crushing a shot to left for his ninth home run in his last 18 games. It was the 42nd RBI of the year for the Pryor, Oklahoma, native taking over the league lead and he also was hit by a pitch.
- Hunter Swift drew walks in back-to-back plate appearances to start the day making it six-straight following a four-walk effort Sunday. The junior scored twice before pitching the final three innings allowing only two hits with three strikeouts suffering his first loss of the season. Andrew Pace joined Swift with a pair of free passes as the Golden Eagles walked eight times in the contest.
- Keizor went 2-for-3 and earned a walk reaching base three times and was the only player with multiple hits, while Jake McMurray had a single to open the day and walked.
- Jacob Salim tossed 2.1 innings in the start allowing three runs on four hits. The Golden Eagles sent four pitchers into the game from the bullpen combining to hold the Trojans to five hits and three runs across the final 6.2 frames.
ORU continues its road swing this weekend heading to Brookings, South Dakota, for a pivotal matchup at South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits hold a two-game lead over the Golden Eagles for second place in the standings as the three-game series starts Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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