Score: Oral Roberts 6 - Oklahoma State 7 (11 innings)
Records: ORU (26-10) – OSU (21-15)
Location: Stillwater, Okla. (Allie P. Reynolds Stadium)
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team rallied to score the tying run in the ninth inning sending the game into extra innings before Oklahoma State closed out the 7-6 win in the bottom of the 11th Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Golden Eagles, who had taken down the Cowboys in four straight entering the in-state contest.
In a game where the winds were blowing out to left, the two teams combined for seven home runs, as the Golden Eagles sent a pair of two-run blasts from Brent Williams and Sam Grellner in the middle innings to turn a three-run deficit into a one-run advantage, 4-3.
The Cowboys capitalized on a lead-off walk in the bottom of the 11th to drive home the winning run on a ground-rule double.
OSU used a walk to start an inning before a home run pushing across runs in the first and eighth frames. For the third time on the night, the Cowboys drew a free pass to open an inning and dropped a sacrifice bunt to move the eventual winning run to second. He came home on Andrew Rosa's ground-rule double.
Inside the Box Score
- Tuesday marked the 11th time this season ORU has launched multiple home runs as it has slugged 41 in 36 games. The team moved into a tie for 19th in the nation with three against the Cowboys.
- Eight different players recorded at least one hit for the Golden Eagles, led by two hits from Cal Hernandez, Dylan Snypes and Michael Hungate, to reach double figures for the 20th time in 2017 out-hitting OSU by an 11-7 margin.
- The bottom of the ORU lineup produced all six RBI getting four from the final three hitters. Harrison Smith hit his second solo home run of the year, narrowly inside the foul pole in left, giving the visitors a 5-3 lead in the seventh.
- Hungate's RBI single tying the game in the top of the ninth was the first run scored that did not come via the long ball after the first 11 were on home runs. Snypes started the ninth ripping a double down the line in right for his team-leading 13th of the year.
- The game tested the depth of both team's bullpens as a total of 15 pitchers were used in the contest, including seven from the Golden Eagles. OSU had 22 players see the field, while ORU did not make a change other than on the mound.
- It was the fifth time this season where the Golden Eagles reached extra innings. Closer Kyler Stout (2-1) now has pitched more than one inning in every extra-inning game in 2017, but was charged with his first loss of the year.
ORU closes its recent road swing heading to Brookings, South Dakota for a Summit League series at South Dakota State April 21-23. The three-game set gets started Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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