Score: Omaha 10 - Oral Roberts 4
Records: UNO (27-25, 17-11) - ORU (33-17, 21-7)
Location: Ballpark at Boys Town - Omaha, Neb.
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OMAHA, Neb. – Oral Roberts' saw its seven game winning-streak snapped Thursday afternoon in Omaha as the Mavericks defeated the ORU, 10-4. It marked the first win in program history over ORU for the Mavs who came into the matchup 0-9 all-time.
It was a slugfest from beginning to end for the Mavericks (27-25, 17-11) who struck for 16 base hits on the day, the third most hits against ORU this season. Omaha's Clayton Taylor led off the game with a home run to right-center field to put the home club on top.
Oral Roberts (33-17, 21-7) was able to come back in the second with a pair of runs of their own to regain the lead. Brent Williams lead off the inning with a double before freshman Trevor McCutchin recorded his first career triple to drive him home. Trevin Sonnier would add the second run on a single to center which plated Trent Shelton from second to give ORU a 2-1 lead.
That was when the Omaha bats came to life. The Mavs scored nine runs in the next three innings to take a commanding lead. ORU added a run in the fifth when Rotola made his way home from third on a wild pitch.
Tyler Fox became Omaha's winningest pitcher in program history as he recorded his 30th win in four years at UNO. He improved to 10-2 on the year after going five complete innings, giving up four runs and striking out three.
Sophomore Bryce Howe (5-4) was charged with the loss after allowing six runs in three and a third innings. Josh McMinn, Billy Lovvorn and Korbin Polly pitched the final three and two-third innings of the game. McMinn was charged with four earned runs while Lovvorn and Polly did not allow a run in their outings.
Rotola and Williams led the Golden Eagles at the plate. Rotola finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Williams went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a runs scored.
- The Golden Eagles dropped their first ever game to the Mavericks and now hold a 9-1 lead in the all-time series.
- The Mavs' 16 hits marked the third most hits given up by Oral Roberts this season.
- Five Omaha players finished with multiple hits led by Ryan Cate who finished with four.
- ORU stranded eight runners on base in the game. Omaha left 11 runners on base.
- Omaha had a baserunner in every inning but the second.
The Golden Eagles will continue their series with the Mavericks on Friday. First pitch from Ballpark at Boys Town is scheduled for 1 p.m. Geoff Haxton will have the radio call on AM 1550 in the Tulsa area and around the world for free through ORUAthletics.com.
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