Score: Oral Roberts 7 - Dallas Baptist 4
Records: ORU (2-2) - DBU (3-2)
Location: Horner Ballpark - Dallas, Texas
DALLAS - Timely hitting in the eighth and ninth innings provided the spark needed as the Oral Roberts baseball team rallied to defeat No. 26 Dallas Baptist, 7-4, Friday night at Horner Ballpark.
The Golden Eagles were held hitless through six innings as DBU's Colin Poche pitched a seven-inning gem on a chilly night in Dallas. Sophomore Noah Cummings broke the game open in the sixth with a base hit to right field.
After being held to just one hit in the first six frames, the Golden Eagles recorded nine hits in the final three innings of play.
Second-year infielder Nick Roark led the way for ORU, finishing the day 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Dallas Baptist wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as the Patriots took the lead in the bottom of the first after an error gave DBU its first baserunner of the game. Conner Hall picked up the early RBI with a single out to center field.
The Patriots (3-2) tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning, thanks in part to a costly error by the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles (2-2) responded though in the eighth with a flurry of runs off four hits to take a 5-4 lead. Trevin Sonnier led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch that got the ORU bench going before third baseman Chase Stafford sent a ball to right field for a single.
The Golden Eagles would have to battle through the next five innings on the defensive side as DBU consistently put runners on the bases.
ORU starting pitcher Bryce Howe was able to clean up the mess on the mound and limit the Patriots to just one run through six innings. The sophomore allowed just one unearned run in the outing.
Holden Cammack recorded the one and two-third inning save. He struck out one batter and didn't allow a hit in his appearance.
- The top four batters in the ORU lineup finished with at least one RBI.
- It is the first win over DBU in six tries, and the first since 2014.
- Roark leads the team now with a .421 average.
- Sonnier, a former Dallas Baptist baseball student-athlete, reached base twice via a hit-by-pitch in the game, scoring a pair of runs in the contest. He also cleared the bases in the bottom of the ninth with a 6-3 double play.
- Chase Stafford recorded seven defensive assists in the game, including four inning-ending plays at the hot corner.
The Golden Eagles will continue play at DBU Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.
For the latest information on ORU baseball, follow @ORUBaseball on Twitter or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store.