Score: Oral Roberts 25 – Purdue Fort Wayne 2 (7 innings)
Records: ORU (20-18, 11-8 SL) – PFW (5-34, 0-19 SL)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mastodon Field)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Trevor McCutchin and Anthony Martinez each hit a grand slam in the fifth inning for the Oral Roberts baseball team, while Riley Keizor recorded seven RBI in a 25-2 dismantling of Purdue Fort Wayne Friday afternoon at Mastodon Field.
The Golden Eagles scored nine runs in in the first and fifth frames to get a road win as the offense caught fire tallying a season-high 25 runs on 19 hits, while drawing 19 free passes. ORU built a 16-0 advantage after three chances at the plate and continued the pressure hitting a pair of grand slams in the fifth inning.
Quote of the Day
"You go out and get nine in the first and that allows you to relax into the game a little bit. I thought we were really good early. I was proud of our defense today as well. It was not an easy day to play defense with the wind. We made some plays on some balls in the air that were really tough and we handled the conditions really well. I was very proud of our team today." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU sent 13 batters to the plate in a 32-minute first inning that set the tone for a productive afternoon offensively. Keizor's three-run home run to right center highlighted the nine-run frame in part to six hits and . Spencer Henson lined a RBI double to left opening the scoring for the Golden Eagles before Blake Hall and Hunter Wilson had two-RBI hits later as they jumped out to a 9-0 margin.
Inside the Box Score
- Keizor came through with a run-producing at-bat in each of the first three innings totaling a career-best seven RBI in a 3-for-4 performance matching a career high in hits and scored twice.
- Jake McMurray reached base all five times to the plate without an official at-bat getting hit by a pitch twice and drew three walks. One walk came with the bases loaded for a RBI and the freshman scored three times.
- Trevor McCutchin walked in his first plate appearance, a pinch-hit spot in the fourth, before he crushed a grand slam in the fifth reaching base three times. Anthony Martinez added a second grand slam in the frame for his first home run in an ORU uniform finishing with a career-high four hits and four RBI with three runs scored.
- McMinn picked up his 27th career victory giving up just two hits. Salim tossed a five-pitch sixth inning and faced the minimum over two scoreless frames from the bullpen closing out the win.
- The Golden Eagles took advantage of a season-high 15 walks, including a pinch-hit walk by Alex Sevensky making his season debut. It was the most runs scored by the ORU offense since a 34-run outburst at IPFW April 30, 2010.
ORU closes its quick weekend series at Purdue Fort Wayne playing a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. (CT) with live audio available on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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