Score: No. 1 Omaha 0 – No. 3 Oral Roberts 6
Score: No. 3 Oral Roberts 0 – No. 1 Omaha 4
Records: UNO (31-22-1) – ORU (29-26)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – A complete game shutout from Trey Wolf in game one helped the Oral Roberts baseball team force a decisive final game of the 2019 Summit League Championship Saturday, only to fall to Omaha at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Trey Wolf absolutely dominated the Mavericks over nine scoreless innings in game one throwing a four-hit shutout to set up the winner-take-all finale. The local product struck out a career-best six and retired 14 of the final 15 batters faced in the win.
The Golden Eagles got three runs in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit as Omaha made a rare error and tacked on single tallies in the third, fourth and fifth innings to secure the shutout.
ORU had a chance to get an early lead on the Mavericks in game two, but could not score with runners on the corners and one out. The Golden Eagles were kept in check the rest of the way ending their 2019 season.
2019 Summit League All-Tournament Team
Quote of the Day
"We competed well this weekend. We asked them to go out and lay it on the line and they did that. It didn't end the way we wanted and we needed to be better offensively in game two. We came up a little short, but not because of a lack of effort." - Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
ORU set the tone in the first frame scoring three times before a hit was recorded capitalizing on an Omaha error by the nation's fielding percentage leader. Jake McMurray drew a walk to open the offense and Hunter Wilson followed by getting plunked. A Spencer Henson shot to third was misplayed allowing one run to score and move two into scoring position before Riley Keizor had a RBI groundout and Andrew Pace lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Golden Eagles in front, 2-0.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- On a day where Wolf matched Josh McMinn's 2016 record for single-season appearances by a freshman with his 24th of the year, he put together a phenomenal performance. He earned his first collegiate victory and the only complete game of his entire baseball career. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, native allowed only two runners to reach scoring position, both of which came in the fifth inning.
- Keizor totaled a 2-for-4 effort at the plate and led the squad with two RBI and a run scored, while Henson walked twice moving his season total to 50.
- Isaac Coffey reached base safely three times going 2-for-3 and a walk. He hit singles in his first two at-bats, including a RBI effort that gave the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead in the third. The freshman scored the final run in the fifth on a Blake Hall RBI single.
Game Two Turning Point
A controversial solo home run that appeared to drift foul in the bottom of the second opened the scoring for Omaha. The Mavericks added a RBI triple in the inning to jump in front 2-0 and give Summit League Pitcher of the Year Payton Kinney all the cushion he needed.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Wilson had one of ORU's two hits lacing a single to open the seventh inning and added a triple in the top of the ninth. The graduate student also walked reaching base three times.
- McMurray hit an infield single off the glove of Kinney to start the day and eventually moved to third after another intentional walk to Henson, this time with one out. ORU was unable to score in the inning as the Mavericks turned an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners.
- Sam Rainwater put down 10 of the first 11 batters he faced in long relief giving up two runs on three hits over 4.1 innings of work. Hunter Swift allowed only one hit over the final 1.2 innings to finish the contest. AJ Archambo tossed 2.0 frames in the start and surrendered two runs on four hits.
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