Score: Oral Roberts 3 – Western Illinois 7
Records: ORU (14-14, 6-5 SL) – WIU (10-18, 4-7 Summit League)
Location: Macomb, Ill. (Alfred D. Boyer Stadium)
MACOMB, Ill. – The Oral Roberts baseball team scored late in the game and threatened in the final innings during a 7-3 loss at Western Illinois Saturday afternoon from Alfred D. Boyer Stadium.
It was a big inning early from the Fighting Leathernecks that gave them command of the game scoring five times in the third and they tacked on insurance markers in the fifth and seventh for a 7-0 advantage.
Riley Keizor broke the shutout bid in the top of the eighth inning hitting a three-run blast into left center after Trevor McCutchin and Hunter Swift opened the frame with singles. Blake Hall added a single and Spencer Henson drew a walk as ORU got the potential tying run on deck before WIU stopped the rally.
The Golden Eagles put two on in the final inning as Isaac Coffey led with a single and Keizor put runners on the corners lining a single into the gap. ORU was unable to do any more damage offensively as the Leathernecks finished the series victory in game two.
The five-run third inning broke open a scoreless affair as the Leathernecks took advantage of an error to start and two walks in the stanza. With two runs already in, WIU loaded the bases with one out and the Golden Eagles turned to their bullpen where AJ Archambo got a strikeout for the second out. The Leathernecks kept the pressure on clearing the bases on a high fly ball into left field that was lost in the sun pushing the home lead to 5-0.
Inside the Box Score
- Keizor now has a home run in two of his last three games after hitting one at Oklahoma last Tuesday. The redshirt junior finished 2-for-4 and threw out a runner trying to steal from behind the plate.
- Archambo tossed 4.2 innings of quality, long relief from the bullpen giving up two runs on five hits, while matching his career high by striking out six. Brody Gibson pitched the final scoreless inning for ORU.
- Swift and Isaac Coffey tallied two hits apiece on the day as Coffey hit a lead-off double in the fifth frame.
- The Golden Eagles hit into inning-ending double plays in both the fifth and seventh innings limiting their comeback chances. The loss marked the third time in program history it has dropped back-to-back games against the Leathernecks.
ORU and the Fighting Leathernecks close the weekend set with a Sunday matinee starting at 1 p.m.
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