Score: Oral Roberts 9 – North Dakota State 1
Records: ORU (10-7, 1-0 SL) – NDSU (7-11, 0-1 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Starting with back-to-back home runs in the first inning, the Oral Roberts baseball team belted nine extra-base hits and picked up a commanding 9-1 victory over North Dakota State Friday night. It was the 2017 Summit League opener for both teams at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles scored twice in the first inning when Nick Roark and Matt Whatley launched back-to-back home runs and never looked back. A four-run sixth inning on six hits nearly put the game away by run rule as the offense took advantage of six scoreless innings from starting pitcher Justin McGregor.
Eight hitters recorded at least one hit and seven different players posted an RBI in the victory against the Bison as ORU hit the ball to all parts of the field out-hitting the visitors 14-5.
Quote of the Game
"I thought we played pretty solid in all three phases, outside of one defensive mistake, I thought we played pretty solid. We got some really good innings from Justin (McGregor) and that was crucial tonight. He gave us a really good start and a really good effort. We woke up a bit offensively; getting going and that was good to see." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles quickly took control of the game as Roark and Whatley gave the home side a 2-0 lead hitting two home runs in a three-pitch span against NDSU starter Luke Lind. Noah Cummings added the first of his three hits on the night following the long balls showing the offense was ready to break through.
Inside the Box Score
- McGregor allowed Bison base runners to reach scoring position five times over his six frames of work, but would not give up any runs for his team-leading third win on the mound. He finished the night giving up four hits and struck out five.
- The Golden Eagles reached double-digit hits for the 10th game this season, totaling 14 on the night, including a season-best nine for extra bases. Trevor McCutchin added two of ORU's six doubles and Cummings finished 3-for-4 at the plate.
- Brent Williams showed off some speed on the bases as the senior slid safely for his first-career triple in the sixth inning. His line drive smacked the bottom of the right-field wall allowing him to reach third base.
- Grant Glaze pitched the final three innings to get his first save of the season allowing one run on just one hit.
- NDSU avoided the shutout scoring its lone run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch.
The Golden Eagles and Bison continue the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Live video, audio and stats will be available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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