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Golden Eagles Fall to Oklahoma in Return Trip, 12-3

Golden Eagles Fall to Oklahoma in Return Trip, 12-3

The Basics 
Score: Oklahoma 12 - Oral Roberts 3
Records: OU (22-22-1) - ORU (26-16)
Location: L. Dale Mitchell Park - Norman, Okla.
Box Score (PDF)


NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma scored in each of the first four innings and cruised to a 12-3 win over Oral Roberts Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman. It marked the first win over ORU for the Sooners since 2013. 

Oklahoma freshman starter Dylan Grove (1-0) took a no-hitter to the sixth inning before Matt Whatley singled to center field to end the bid. 

The Golden Eagles (26-16) got on the board in the eighth inning after Chase Stafford led off the inning with a single. He would later score from third on an RBI groundout from pinch-hitter Sam Grellner. ORU would tack on two more after an error in shallow left field. 

ORU used seven total pitchers on the night in a scheduled staff start, but had to go to the bullpen early after the Sooners jumped on top of southpaw Trevor McCutchin to start the contest. OU went for three base hits and a pair of walks in the first on their way to a four-run inning. McCutchin, a Claremore, Oklahoma native falls to 2-2 on the season in the loss. 

Oklahoma (22-22-1) continued to attack the Golden Eagle bullpen, getting a pair of home runs, including a grand slam from Domenic DeRenzo who led the Sooners with a 2-for-3 performance to go with five RBI. 

Korbin Polly continued to impress after making his second appearance in the last week. The freshman went two innings and did not allow a run while giving up a pair of hits.

Kyler StoutNathan Garza and Holden Cammack also pitched an inning apiece and did not allow a run in their outings. 

Notables

  • OU broke its four-game losing streak to ORU and now lead the all-time series, 39-32. 
  • Oklahoma outhit the Golden Eagles, 13-4 on the night. ORU did not get into the hit column until the sixth inning. 
  • Matt Whatley finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. 
  • Mason Mantle recorded the only extra-base hit of the game for ORU, with a leadoff double in the ninth. 
  • Domenic DeRenzo finished 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI to lead the Sooners.
  • Oklahoma improved to 7-0 on games on Tuesday. 

Up Next
The Golden Eagles will return to J.L. Johnson Stadium for the first time in seven games as the team plays host to Western Illinois beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The team will honor its six seniors following the series finale Sunday. 

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