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Altamirano pitches gem in ORU loss to No. 23 DBU, 4-2

Altamirano pitches gem in ORU loss to No. 23 DBU, 4-2

The Basics
Score: ORU 2 – Dallas Baptist 4
Records: ORU (6-7), DBU (10-2)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium - Tulsa, Okla. 

TULSA, Okla. – Junior pitcher Xavier Altamirano took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but the Oral Roberts University baseball team was unable to hold on as No. 23 Dallas Baptist completed the series sweep with a 4-2 victory.

The Golden Eagles fall below .500 for the first time this season as they dropped to 6-7 with the loss, and the Patriots improved to 10-2. The Patriots have taken six straight games against the Golden Eagles. 

Altamirano didn't allow a hit until the leadoff batter in the top of the eighth inning with a 2-0 ORU lead. DBU put up a four spot on the scoreboard in the eighth inning for the 4-2 win.

Turning Point
With a pair of runners in scoring position, DBU cut the ORU lead to 2-1 in the top of the eighth with a ground ball to short. However, an errant throw to first allowed the tying run to score. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Audie Afenir and freshman Nick Roark each had a single and a double in the game. Afenir recorded an RBI and scored a run. Roark's double was his first career hit.
  • Emmanuel Forcier reached base with an RBI single, and Chase Stafford had a single and a stolen base.
  • Logan Domenico, Noah Cummings and Anthony Sequeira each had singles in the contest.
  • Xavier Altamirano went seven innings, allowing just one single and striking out seven. It's the second time in as many starts Altamirano has struck out seven.
  • Kyler Stout (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits. None of Stout's runs were earned.
  • Trooper Reynolds had a RBI double in the eight, and Tagg Duce picked up an RBI single for DBU.
  • Gavin Fritz (1-0) finished the game for the Patriots, earning his first victory of the season in 2.2 innings of work.

Scoring Summary

  • ORU jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning as Matt Brandy drew a walk and eventually scored on an Audie Afenir single to left.
  • In the home half of the sixth inning, Afenir crossed the plate on a single off the bat of Emmanuel Forcier.
  • DBU tied the game at two in the top of the eighth inning as Justin Wall hit a ground ball to second that scored Nash Knight. However, the throw to first was wild, allowing Drew Turbin to cross the plate as the tying run.
  • The Patriots gained the lead on an RBI double off the left field wall by Trooper Reynolds, scoring Wall, and Tagg Duce plated Reynolds with a single to bring the score to 4-2. 

Up Next
ORU looks to rebound in its first mid-week game of the season as they hit the road to face Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

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