Score: Oral Roberts 7 – No. 16 Dallas Baptist 3
Records: ORU (9-5) – DBU (9-5)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts baseball got a masterful pitching performance from Josh McMinn and belted a season-high 16 hits in a 7-3 win over No. 16 Dallas Baptist Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
McMinn scattered five hits and two runs, one earned, over eight innings of work and got some timely defense behind him to even the weekend series with the nationally-ranked Patriots. The sophomore struck out five and at one point, retired 10-consecutive batters, as ORU used the momentum to take a 4-1 lead through four innings.
Dylan Snypes scored three times and he and Matt Whatley each posted three hits for the Golden Eagles to out-hit DBU by a 16-8 margin. Eight of the nine ORU starters recorded a hit in the effort with six guys coming through with multi-hit performances.
Quote of the Game
"Josh was able to command his breaking ball and his changeup today. When you do that, it makes everything a lot easier and he settled in. We needed a guy to come in and knock down some innings and he did that cruising through seven or eight innings. The throw that Noah makes to throw out a guy at third base eliminates a big inning. That really changed the momentum and then Cal made a couple good plays down there at third base. I thought we played well defensively and that makes our pitching staff much better." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After DBU opened the scoring getting an unearned run in the top of the first, the Golden Eagles picked up the offense in the early stages scoring twice in the second, for their first lead of the series, before adding two more in the fourth. Cal Hernandez scored on an error in the second and Nick Roark added the go-ahead RBI on a single to right giving McMinn some breathing room to work with on the mound.
Inside the Box Score
- McMinn pitched to contact for ORU throwing 90 pitches in his longest outing of the season. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native was aided by two double plays, both of which were started at third base by Hernandez.
- Snypes made the most of his opportunity at the top of the lineup going 3-for-5 with his team-leading eighth double of 2017, which ranks eighth nationally in NCAA Division I baseball. His three hits also improved his batting average this season to .396 to take over the team lead.
- Whatley was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Golden Eagles, including legging-out an infield single in a three-run fifth inning. The junior added a run scored and an RBI to push his hitting streak to 12 games.
- Noah Cummings picked up his fifth outfield assist in the fifth inning throwing out a DBU runner trying to advance to third. The junior's throw was perfect from right field and proved critical in the inning as it helped hold the Patriots to one run.
The Golden Eagles and Patriots close the series Sunday afternoon in the rubber game at J.L. Johnson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. with free admission for all fans wanting to come to the ballpark. Live video, audio and stats also will be available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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