Score: Oral Roberts 9 – Omaha 8
Records: ORU (25-24, 16-12 SL) – UNO (28-20-1, 20-9 SL)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (Seymour Smith Park)
OMAHA, Neb. – It was the bottom of the batting order that powered the Oral Roberts baseball team to a 9-8 victory over Omaha Friday at Seymour Smith Park.
Each of the bottom five hitters in the lineup tallied multiple hits for the Golden Eagles and combined for 11 hits, eight runs and five RBI as the win secured the No. 3 seed in The Summit League Championships next week at ORU's home field, J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Behind multiple hits from seven different players, the Golden Eagles scored in only two innings tallying five runs in the second and tacked on four in the seventh for a 9-2 advantage.
Omaha kept things interesting late in the action posting four runs in the bottom of the seventh and had the potential tying run at third base with two outs in the ninth before the ORU bullpen closed out the road win as Spencer Henson picked up a six-out save.
Quote of the Day
"We got a couple of big hits when we needed them, but we couldn't get the one to really put it away. I think we left the bases loaded in three different innings and let them back in it, but we were able to hang on." - Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start scoring five times in the top of the second thanks to a six-hit effort started by a single from Riley Keizor. A double off the bat of Andrew Pace was followed by a ground-rule double from Hall that opened the scoring. Hunter Wilson pulled a two-run single to right and the frame continued on a RBI single from Henson giving ORU an early five-run advantage.
Inside the Box Score
- Matt Gaskins pitched effectively over the course of the afternoon throwing six innings giving up three runs on six hits. The junior fanned four and walked only one as he put down eight-consecutive Mavericks through the middle frames.
- Hall hit a home run for the second-consecutive day as the junior hammered a two-run shot to left in the four-run seventh as ORU was a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the inning as a team. The Magnolia, Arkansas, native started his day on a RBI double totaling three RBI.
- Jake McMurray finished his day 2-for-3 and walked twice as the Golden Eagles earned eight free passes. Keizor and Pace each registered three-hit performances as Pace tallied two doubles, while Hunter Swift hit a RBI triple in the seventh and was joined by Anthony Martinez in reaching base three times on two hits and a walk.
- Henson lifted a RBI single in the second before drawing three walks, including two intentional and pitched the final two frames for his sixth save of the season. He allowed two unearned runs on two hits and struck out one in the final two innings.
ORU will play its final game of the 2019 regular season Sunday at Omaha starting at noon on the ORU Sports Network.
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