Score: Oral Roberts 12 - Dallas Baptist 7
Records: ORU (3-3) - DBU (4-3)
Location: Horner Ballpark - Dallas, Texas
DALLAS - The Oral Roberts baseball team defeated No. 26 Dallas Baptist, 12-7, Sunday afternoon at Horner Ballpark to take the season series. It marks the first time since 2008 that the Golden Eagles have won a three-game series against Dallas Baptist.
It didn't take long for the Golden Eagles (3-3) to get the bats going as they went for five hits in the opening frame, putting five runs on the scoreboard in the process. The first five batters of the game picked up consecutive base hits. Rolando Martinez capped off the inning by scoring on a wild pitch.
Dallas Baptist (4-3) answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own, but that would be all they would do offensively until the sixth inning as sophomore Taylor Varnell tossed six solid innings in his first start of the season.
Oral Roberts went for three more runs in the fourth inning as Roark connected on his team-leading third home run of the year on a three-run shot to right field.
Freshman utility man Trevor McCutchin got his first start of the season in right field and he made it count, going 1-for-2 with a two-run double in the fifth inning to put ORU ahead 10-1, along with a sacrifice fly in the first.
Dallas Baptist strung together seven hits in the bottom half of sixth, including a three-run home run to close the gap to 10-7, but ORU answered the call in the eighth with two more runs as Noah Cummings sent a double to right field to score two and put the Golden Eagles ahead, 12-7.
Sophomore Taylor Varnell picked up the win for the Golden Eagles in his first start of the season. The left went a solid six innings, allowing just three runs and striking out four. Junior Brady Womacks entered in the seventh inning and closed the door on the Patriots.
- Roark led the way for ORU, finishing the day 4-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.
- On the day, Oral Roberts was 12-of-25 with runners on base and 7-of-16 with runners in scoring position.
- ORU went for a season-high 18 hits on the day.
- Every player in the Oral Roberts starting lineup picked up a hit.
- The Golden Eagles went for five hits in the first inning, amounting to five runs.
- The last time ORU took a three-game series from Dallas Baptist was in 2008 when the Golden Eagles won 2-of-3 in Tulsa.
ORU will travel to Springfield, Missouri for a midweek matchup with Missouri State Tuesday. First pitch set for 3 p.m. at Hammons Field.
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