Game One Score: Omaha 1 - Oral Roberts 12 (7 inn.)
Game Two Score: Omaha 0 - Oral Roberts 12 (7 inn.)
Records: Omaha (7-26, 5-9 SL) – ORU (25-9, 13-1 SL)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (Isaacson Field at Seymour Smith Park)
OMAHA, Neb. – The Oral Roberts baseball team dominated Omaha from start to finish, 12-1 and 12-0, winning by seven-inning, run-rule in both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Seymour Smith Park.
The Summit League-leading Golden Eagles continued to rack up hits and runs against conference opponents totaling 29 hits and 24 runs going 14-for-33 with runners in scoring position led by Noah Cummings. The junior caught fire generating nine RBI on a 5-for-8 effort at the dish and added three runs scored as all five hits came with runners on base.
ORU got fantastic efforts from both starting pitchers as Justin McGregor (6-0) and Josh McMinn (6-2) shut down the Mavericks' offense. McGregor took the ball for the series opener and threw ORU's first complete game of 2017. He allowed just three hits and struck out six in the seven-inning win, while McMinn went 5.2 scoreless innings surrendering only four hits.
Quote of the Day
"We prepared well and were just seeing the ball really well today as a team rallying around each other. It was just a good day. The body was loose and everything was feeling good. I have to give credit to the guys in front of me for getting on base and hopefully we can keep it rolling." – ORU's Noah Cummings
Game One Turning Point
Tied 1-1 entering the top of the third, the Golden Eagles broke open the contest tallying eight runs on eight hits to take control. Cal Hernandez and Matt Whatley started with back-to-back singles, as each registered a pair of hits in the inning. Cummings belted a three-run blast to jump start the offense.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- McGregor entered the day leading The Summit League in earned run average and recovered from a tough opening frame, where he allowed just his fifth earned run of league play. The junior settled in to pick up the victory and needed only four pitches to record three quick outs in the fourth. He remains unbeaten this season at 6-0 as Omaha was only able to get two runners into scoring position.
- The Golden Eagles put their lead-off runner on base in each of the first four frames and five times during the seven innings played. The first five batters reached safely leading to an eight-run third inning for ORU. It was the most runs scored in an inning since putting up seven at Fort Wayne April 23, 2016.
- Cummings and Williams continue to put a hurt on baseballs hitting their ninth and eighth home runs of the season, respectively. Harrison Smith joined the long-ball effort sending his first home run of the year into left and posted a career-best three RBI going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
- Six players recorded multi-hit performances as the Golden Eagles totaled 13 hits, while eight of nine starters tallied a run scored.
- ORU got its legs moving right away from the opening inning as Nick Roark and Cummings each stole a base and as the team finished with a season-high four. Michael Hungate stole third base in the second and Whatley swiped second in the third.
Game Two Turning Point
The Golden Eagles quickly took control of game two putting up three runs on five hits in the top of the first. Roark and Hernandez hit singles before Whatley was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Cummings came through with another timely hit, pulling a two-run double down the line in left and Dylan Snypes added a RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- ORU's offense tallied double-digit hits for the eighth time in 14 Summit League games this season scoring 11 times in the first three innings, including a five-run third. The team dropped 16 hits on Omaha led by 4-for-5 outings by Snypes and Roark.
- McMinn got all the run support he needed and claimed his sixth win of the year throwing 5.2 scoreless innings. He was efficient from the start using only 16 pitches to record the first seven outs and ended his day with four strikeouts and four hits.
- It was a career-day for several ORU players as Cummings matched a career-best with five RBI, while Snypes and Roark tied their best performances with four hits. Roark also scored four times to pace the Golden Eagles.
- Grant Glaze was perfect from the bullpen retiring the final four batters of the afternoon, getting three of the four via a looking strikeout, on just 14 pitches.
- ORU picked up its fourth-straight, run-rule victory in conference play improving to 13-1 in the league standings winning for the 16th time in its last 18 games.
ORU goes for its fourth sweep in five conference series Sunday afternoon facing Omaha at Seymour Smith Park. First pitch against the Mavericks is set for noon with live audio available on the ORU Sports Network.
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