Score: Oral Roberts 7 – Dallas Baptist 9
Records: ORU (8-5) – DBU (9-4)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team could not overcome an early nine-run deficit, despite rallying back to score seven-straight runs in a 9-7 loss to No. 16 Dallas Baptist Friday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Pinch hitter Trevor McCutchin blasted his first collegiate home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Golden Eagles tried to claw back, but the margin was too large to overcome in the opening game of the weekend series. It was a two-run blast for the sophomore that narrowly cleared the fence in right field as the home side scored three times in the inning to make things interesting down the stretch.
Quote of the Game
"Obviously, you don't want to spot them nine, but in the end we had a chance with the tying run in the ninth. I am proud of the resiliency we showed here today, but again you can't spot them nine runs. Bill was great. He came in and put up three zeroes in a row to get us back in it. We saw some good things, especially late in the game; we just have to clean up some things early." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
DBU took control of the contest in the second inning posting four runs, the most allowed by ORU in a single frame this season, for a 5-0 lead. The Patriots took advantage of five walks from two different pitchers of the Golden Eagles, including a pair of free passes with the bases loaded, before adding two home runs in the fifth.
Inside the Box Score
- Hungate led the ORU offense going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI, coming in the three-run sixth and eighth innings.
- Lovvorn continued his excellent pitching from the bullpen for the Golden Eagles throwing three shutout innings. In the longest outing of his career at ORU, the senior struck out a career-best four of the 11 batters he faced.
- Matt Whatley used a single in the sixth to push his hitting streak to 11 games as the junior continues to add to his stretch of games reaching base safely, now at 13.
- ORU starter Bryce Howe (1-0) suffered his first loss of the season lasting 1.1 innings allowing five runs on five hits with four walks in his shortest outing of the year.
- DBU displayed unusually porous defense Friday night committing four errors across its infield, including three in the opening four innings. The Patriots entered the game with just 16 errors through their first 12 games this season.
ORU continues its weekend set with DBU Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. matchup at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Live video, audio and stats will be available at www.ORUAthletics.com, while the ESPN3 broadcast was cancelled due to the potential for inclement weather.
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