Game One Score: Oral Roberts 5 – Western Illinois 4
Game Two Score: Oral Roberts 0 – Western Illinois 1
Records: ORU (17-13, 8-4 Summit League) – WIU (6-19, 5-5 Summit League)
Location: Macomb, Ill. (Alfred D. Boyer Stadium)
MACOMB, Ill. – Starting pitchers Miguel Ausua and Justin McGregor excelled in frigid temperatures for the Oral Roberts baseball team on the road at Western Illinois to close the weekend series at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium.
The Golden Eagles capped a 5-4 victory in game two of the series, a contest that carried over from Saturday when it was suspended for darkness. The Leathernecks won the rubber game in the afternoon Sunday, despite getting only three hits in a 1-0 decision to claim the series.
Ausua pitched ORU back into the series by limiting the Leathernecks over six, strong innings giving up one run with six strikeouts. McGregor followed that performance on the mound by striking out a career-high 10 over seven innings giving the offense a chance to take the finale.
Quote of the Day
"That's kind of been the M.O. We play well enough just to lose, and you see that here today. We got two quick outs in the one inning, we walk three in a row, then make an error and that's how they score one. It was going to be a tough day to score so we knew we'd have to play clean, and we didn't do that." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
ORU scored first for the second time in the series and posted three runs in the top of the third. Brody Gibson led the inning with a full-count walk and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Jared Montoya. Nick Roark singled to put runners on the corners and Cal Hernandez followed by pulling a RBI single to right. After a wild pitch allowed Roark to score, Noah Cummings sent a RBI single pushing the lead to 3-0, which the Golden Eagles did not relinquish.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Ausua did exactly what the Golden Eagles needed and pitched an efficient outing. The senior struck out six batters and allowed only one run on five hits across six innings for his conference-leading fourth win of the season.
- Roark led the offense going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored, while Cummings and Nick Rotola added two-hit outings. Rotola drove home Cummings in the top of the ninth with a single in what turned out to be the winning run.
- Gibson provided excellent plate appearances despite not recording a hit finishing with a season-high two walks and a run scored.
- Kyler Stout closed out the victory getting the final out with the tying run on third base in the ninth inning. It was his Summit League-leading eighth save of the season.
Game Two Turning Point
In a rare frame where McGregor walked three-straight batters with two outs, a ground ball hit up the middle was bobbled allowing the runner to safely reach second base. The Leathernecks' runner at third scored for the only run of the contest and handed the ORU senior a tough-luck loss.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- McGregor was at his best throughout most of the frigid afternoon away from home as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. A Midwest City, Oklahoma, native, he lasted seven innings, a season best, and gave up only one, unearned run on three hits. It was the first time in his ORU career he dropped a decision moving to 11-1.
- The Golden Eagles out-hit WIU by a 4-3 margin as hits were at a premium with snow falling throughout the late innings.
- Andrew Pace lined the only extra-base hit for ORU with a double in the second inning and reached third on a WIU error in the outfield on the play.
- ORU left 10 runners on base in the contest, including having the bases loaded in the fifth without scoring a run. Runners were stranded in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh as the visitors could not plate the tying run.
- It was the first time the Golden Eagles were shutout by the Leathernecks since April 5, 1998.
ORU heads down the road to Norman, Oklahoma, Wednesday night for an in-state matchup against nationally-ranked Oklahoma. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with live audio on the ORU Sports Network.
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