Score: Oral Roberts 8 – North Dakota State 2
Records: ORU (12-7, 3-0 SL) – NDSU (7-13, 0-3 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Behind Dylan Snypes' perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, the Oral Roberts baseball team closed out a weekend sweep of North Dakota State with an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The junior tallied three RBI and a run scored as the Golden Eagles got off to an unbeaten start to The Summit League portion of the schedule against the Bison.
Miguel Ausua posted an efficient day on the mound for ORU throwing a career-long, seven scoreless frames keeping the NDSU hitters off balance all game. He picked up his third win of the season allowing just four hits, while striking out five.
Quote of the Game
"Dylan (Snypes) and Nick (Roark) at the top of the lineup were really good and so was Michael (Hungate). We bunched some things together and did what we needed to do. We did things a little differently today; ran a bit more, played a little more small ball, got some bunts down and stole some bases. I thought we did a good job in that aspect of the game. Miguel (Ausua) gave us a lot of good innings there at the beginning and that makes us very tough." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
A four-run, second inning gave the Golden Eagles all the run support needed for Ausua and the bullpen. ORU got a walk to Sam Grellner and a single by Brent Williams before Michael Hungate reached on a sac bunt error that brought one run home. Cal Hernandez loaded the bases with one out via walk and Snypes delivered a two-run single into right. Nick Roark followed by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Hernandez and give ORU a 4-0 edge early.
Inside the Box Score
- The four hits was a career best for Snypes, a junior from State Line, Mississippi, as he totaled four singles and added a sacrifice bunt. It marked his fourth time this season having a multi-hit game and his hitting streak has now reached 10 games.
- Roark (2-for-3), Williams (2-for-4) and Hungate (2-for-4) joined Snypes with multiple hits in the contest as the Golden Eagles tallied 10 for the afternoon. Williams sent his fourth home run of the season into left, Hungate sped around the bases for a triple and Roark lifted a double for ORU's three extra-base hits.
- Ausua was efficient from the start using just eight pitches in the first inning and needed 83 over his seven innings of work. He kept pitches down in the zone forcing the Bison into nine ground ball outs.
- The ORU defense rebounded from four errors Saturday to play a perfect game in the field, including turning double plays in the third and fourth innings. Hernandez started both of the double plays from his spot at third base.
- Bill Lovvorn pitched the ninth inning for the Golden Eagles giving up a hit, but kept the Bison off the scoreboard to secure the weekend sweep.
ORU's extended homestand continues Tuesday with a mid-week matchup against Wichita State at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Catch the action live on ESPN3 at 6:30 p.m. with live audio and stats available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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