Game One Score: Fort Wayne 1, Oral Roberts 15 (7 innings)
Game Two Score: Fort Wayne 1, Oral Roberts 15 (8 innings)
Records: FW (7-33, 2-18 SL) – ORU (30-11, 18-2 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team scored early and often winning both ends of a doubleheader against Fort Wayne by run rule, 15-1 and 10-0, Friday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Brent Williams went 4-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored and four RBI powering the offense in the opening contest, while Nick Roark added three hits in game two and Matt Whatley drove home three in the eight-inning shutout.
Cadon Owens provided the heroics in the bottom of the eighth of the night cap sending a pinch-hit, walk-off single to center for his first collegiate base hit. The Jenks, Oklahoma, product has battled injuries each of the last three seasons with the Golden Eagles and came through with the winning RBI plating Harrison Smith.
ORU's starting pitchers, Justin McGregor and Josh McMinn, both turned in stellar outings shutting down the Mastodons picking up wins No. 7 on the year. McGregor surrendered only two hits over six innings and McMinn gave up four in five scoreless innings of work.
Quote of the Day
"Cadon is a talented guy who hasn't played in a while. He's been banged up and battling injuries. I didn't realize that was his first hit to be honest with you. Going down the stretch this year and going into next year, he's a guy who has a bright future and he's going to have to help us." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
The Golden Eagles quickly got the scoring started crossing home plate six times in the opening inning as Roark and Cal Hernandez continued to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers from the top of the order. The pair belted singles before Whatley sent a RBI double down the line in left for the first run of the afternoon. Noah Cummings blasted a double to the wall in left center scoring two more and Williams promptly followed with his first of two home runs of the day for a 5-0 advantage. Trevor McCutchin brought Dylan Snypes home on a groundout closing the six-run frame for ORU.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Williams took over The Summit League lead in home runs hitting a pair to left field. The senior now has 12 on the season passing his teammate Cummings for the top spot as the Golden Eagles now have 49 in 2017, ranking 21st in the nation.
- Cummings remains the conference's RBI leader adding three on the day, two in game one, becoming only the 13th player in the nation to reach 50 RBI on the year.
- Every starter in the lineup for the Golden Eagles scored a run and reached base safely via a hit or walk combining for 15 hits and five free bases. ORU's hitters combined to hit for the cycle within the first two innings as Snypes sprinted around the bases for a two-run triple with two outs in the second. Snypes finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI.
- McGregor was in command from the opening inning and shut down the Mastodons over six innings. He gave up only two hits and one run, a solo home run in the fifth, while fanning six. The Midwest City, Oklahoma, native retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and only had one runner reach scoring position outside of the home run.
- Smith made his third relief pitching appearance of the campaign and struck out a pair in a perfect seventh inning to close out the Golden Eagles' fifth run-rule victory in 19 Summit League outings, at the time.
Game Two Turning Point
ORU waited until the second inning in the final game of the twin bill to break open the scoring, this time doing most of its damage with two outs. Williams, Snypes and Michael Hungate all singled to start the frame and McCutchin brought home the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly. Roark and Cummings sandwiched RBI singles around run-scoring doubles from Hernandez and Whatley to take control of the game in the six-run inning.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- The first seven batters in the ORU lineup tallied at least two hits as 10 different players etched their name in the hit column in the contest totaling five doubles and 13 singles. Roark singled in each of the first three innings to pace the offense.
- Whatley added a team-high three RBI, on a two-run double in the second and a RBI single in the seventh. The junior from Claremore, Oklahoma, now has driven in 19 over his last 11 games.
- Three hits from the bench in the bottom of the eighth led to the winning run for the Golden Eagles. Smith led with a one-out single before moving to third on Trent Shelton's single. After Fort Wayne got a strike out, Owens stepped to the plate and delivered the third walk-off hit for ORU this season.
- McMinn controlled the Mastodons' lineup over five shutout innings allowing just four hits and two walks, while striking out a pair in ORU's fifth all-time shutout of Fort Wayne at home.
- Taylor Varnell was nearly lights out from the bullpen giving up only one hit in three relief innings to pick up his first collegiate save.
- The six-run second inning was the 12th time the Golden Eagles have recorded five or more runs in an inning this season, and third time in Friday's doubleheader.
- ORU won its 30th game of the season with 12 games remaining in the regular season, marking the 40th time in program history reaching the 30-win plateau.
ORU and Fort Wayne are slated to play the series finale Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., but rain storms are threatening the area and have the potential to affect the start time.
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