Score: North Dakota State 3 – Oral Roberts 2 (10 innings)
Records: NDSU (5-13, 3-5 SL) – ORU (12-12, 5-3 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – It took extra innings at J.L. Johnson Stadium to decide the outcome as the Oral Roberts team dropped a 3-2 game to North Dakota State on a cold Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score, 2-2, but were unable to capitalize in any other frame leaving 10 total runners on base. The Bison went on to tally the winning run in the 10th inning to even the weekend Summit League series.
After allowing a run in the second and fourth to fall behind 2-0, ORU's Drew Lowe opened the fifth on a sharp single to left. The freshman moved into scoring position on Brody Gibson's sacrifice bunt and Anthony Martinez brought the run home on a RBI double. Hunter Wilson extended the rally to plate the tying run sending a single back up the middle.
Quote of the Day
"We just didn't do enough to win. Tough day to score, tough day to hit for a lot of different reasons. Regardless of what happened during the game and the circumstances around it, you just didn't do enough to win. It's not easy to win, it's not easy to score; but you have to find a way to make it happen." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles appeared to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Isaac Coffey hit a lead-off single to center. Blake Hall followed by lacing a double into the left-center gap and Coffey sprinted around the bases to score from first, until an appeal by NDSU wiped the run off the board. It was determined that Coffey did not touch third base and confirmed via replay due to inconclusive evidence.
Inside the Box Score
- Hall had another multi-hit effort at the plate going 2-for-4 and also reached base safely getting hit by a pitch in his second game back from injury.
- Martinez tallied a pair of hits, including a RBI double down the line in left during the fifth inning. Hunter Swift added a single and a walk to reach base twice, while Jake McMurray also drew two walks.
- Matt Gaskins did not earn a decision despite throwing a season-high seven innings holding the Bison to two runs on four hits. AJ Archambo retired the first ever batters he faced from the bullpen before a seeing-eye single reached base in the 10th and went on to score the winning run on a two-out single to right. Archambo struck out a career-best six batters, but suffered the loss.
- ORU left runners on base in seven of 10 innings played, including two on base three separate occasions.
ORU finishes the weekend series with North Dakota State Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Don't miss a single pitch of the league matchup live on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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