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Baseball Wins Roller Coaster Game at Kansas State in Extras, 14-10

Baseball Wins Roller Coaster Game at Kansas State in Extras, 14-10

The Basics 
Score:  Oral Roberts 14 - Kansas State 10 (11 Innings)
Records: ORU (14-10) - Kansas State (11-14)
Location: Tointon Family Stadium - Manhattan, Kan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - It was all Oral Roberts, then it was all Kansas State before the Golden Eagles managed to score six unanswered runs in the ninth and 11th innings to pick up their second BIG 12 win in the last eight days, 14-10, over Kansas State Wednesday night in Manhattan.  

Sophomore Cale Tims gave up three runs and exited the game after five innings with an 8-3 lead and everything but the win. That was when the Kansas State offense exploded for five runs in the sixth to tie the game before adding two more in the seventh to take a 10-8 lead.

Staring defeat in the eyes down 10-8 to begin the ninth inning after not putting a baserunner on since the fifth, the Golden Eagles (14-10) connected on consecutive singles to right field by Rolando Martinez and Noah Cummings to begin the frame. Sophomore Sam Grellner moved the runners over a base on a sacrifice bunt. 

Pinch runner Michael Hungate scored on a wild pitch from third to cut the K-State lead to 10-9 before Brent Williams picked up his team-leading 22nd RBI on a sacrifice fly to right to score the tying run. 

The Wildcats (11-14) looked to get the game winner in the 10th inning but Hungate, who replaced Martinez in left field made an incredible throw to the plate where Matt Whatley scooped the ball up and applied the diving tag. 

Hungate then led off the 11th with a first pitch double. He would score two plays later as Grellner continued his hot-hitting on a double to left field. The Golden Eagles would add three more runs in the innings.

ORU closer Brady Womacks (2-1) tossed two innings on the mound giving up four hits but surrendering no runs in the win. 

Notables

  • ORU improved in the all-time series with K-State, 36-20. 
  • The team improved to 1-2 in extra-inning games this season with the win.
  • ORU offense saw the ball well, drawing nine total walks on the day. The team started the game with five consecutive walks to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Rotola drew three while Whatley was issued a pair of free passes.
  • ORU went for a season high 16 hits in the game, but was still outhit as KSU finished with 20. 
  • Six player had two hits including Nick Rotola, Nick Roark, Trevin Sonnier, Chase Stafford, Hungate and Cummings. 
  • Roark's four RBI were a career high for the second-year infielder. 
  • The Golden Eagles had a pair of errors while K-State was charged with one.
  •  The Golden Eagles used eight pitchers different after Tims went five complete innings in the no decision. 
  • Jake Scudder led KSU at the plate going 5-of-6 with three runs and a double.

Up Next
Oral Roberts will return to J.L. Johnson Stadium for a weekend series with North Dakota State beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The teams will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before wrapping up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. 

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