Score: Murray State 3 – Oral Roberts 18
Records: MUR (0-3) – ORU (3-0)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Trevor McCutchin posted five hits and Alex Schmitz had four RBI as the Oral Roberts baseball team routed Murray State 18-3 capping an opening-weekend sweep Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles also got a brilliant pitching performance from freshman Isaac Coffey in his collegiate debut on the mound as he shut down the Racers for one hit in five frames without allowing a run. The bullpen closed the day giving up just two more hits over the last four innings.
Six different players tallied multiple hits offensively and four players had at least three RBI as ORU did its damage in only four frames, including a seven-run fourth that opened the floodgates. Ten hits went for extra bases as Spencer Henson, Blake Hall and McCutchin all launched home runs.
Quotes of the Day
"It was good to see Trevor get going. He especially had a couple of good swings in his later at bats. Coffey had command of all three pitches so he was really attacking the strike zone, and it was good to get some young pitchers innings as well. Everyone who pitched today had their first D1 outing, so it was great experience for those guys." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles wasted no time getting their offense in gear scoring five times in the second inning, all with two outs, taking advantage of four walks and three hits. Andrew Pace and Henson provided the power as Pace ripped a two-run double off the base of the wall in right center before Henson hammered a three-run blast to left two pitches later. Anthony Martinez and Hunter Wilson drew back-to-back walks with two outs loading the bases after a lead-off walk to Jack Rosenberg setting up the big swings from Pace and Henson.
Inside the Box Score
- McCutchin's career-best afternoon marked the first time an ORU player tallied five hits in a game since Nick Baligod's five-hit effort against Fort Wayne April 30, 2010. The designated hitter lifted his first home run of the year, a solo shot, in the eighth inning and added three runs and two RBI.
- Coffey finished the day allowing just one hit in five innings of scoreless work, while striking out seven. The Goleta, California, native set down the final 13 Murray State batters he faced after a two-out double in the first inning.
- Pace continued his torrid start to the year going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI and Martinez also tacked on two doubles for ORU in a three-hit performance. Hall used one swing to drive home three as the junior finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.
- Schmitz topped his career high registering four RBI hitting a two-run single in the fourth before a two-RBI double in the eighth that closed the day's run production. Henson added three RBI to his early season total and scored twice, while AJ Archambo and Rosenberg also crossed home plate two times.
- The Golden Eagles had a chance to get several new faces on the field as five different pitchers and 14 position players got into the game.
ORU caps its four-game homestand to begin the 2019 campaign Tuesday afternoon when Missouri State, the preseason favorites in the Missouri Valley Conference, come to J.L. Johnson Stadium for a 3 p.m. tilt live on the ORU Sports Network.
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