Score: Omaha 0, Oral Roberts 6
Records: Omaha (12-35, 9-15 SL) – ORU (35-14, 22-4 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team took advantage of a four-hit effort from the pitching staff in a 6-0 shutout of Omaha, breaking the game open behind a five-run, sixth inning Saturday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Golden Eagle pitchers Josh McMinn, Grant Glaze and Bryce Howe combined to shut down the Mavericks over nine innings allowing just four hits for the second-consecutive shutout during the conference clash.
After a slow start offensively, Brent Williams turned on the first pitch he saw in the fourth frame for a solo home run and Trevor McCutchin made the statement swing for ORU in the sixth. With the bases loaded, the sophomore pulled a triple into the right-field corner to plate three runs.
Quote of the Game
"Josh (McMinn) did not have his best stuff, but he gutted through and grinded through five innings that we really needed at that point. We weren't doing much offensively, and Josh showed a lot of toughness by really hanging in there and grinding through five innings. I thought he was the difference." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU turned a one-run contest into a decisive victory by scoring five times in the sixth inning. The first three batters all reached safely as Cal Hernandez singled, Matt Whatley walked and Noah Cummings singled to load the bases. Omaha got the first out before Dylan Snypes stretched the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single to right. McCutchin jumped on the first, two-out pitch he faced belting a triple just inside the foul line in right scoring three and Sam Grellner dropped a RBI single into shallow right closing the run production for the Golden Eagles.
Inside the Box Score
- McMinn limited the Mavericks to two hits over five shutout innings of work picking up his eighth win of the season and lowered his conference-best earned run average to 1.91. The sophomore struck out two Omaha hitters in his fifth outing without allowing an earned run over his last six starts.
- Glaze was strong over three innings from the ORU bullpen as the Mavericks tagged him for only one hit. The senior struck out four before Howe took the mound for the final inning and struck out the side.
- Williams was the only player on the day with multiple hits finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 adding a double and a solo home run. It was his league-leading 14th long ball of the year, moving into the top 30 nationally, that proved to be the winning run in the fourth inning.
- McCutchin added the other extra-base hit for the Golden Eagles with his second-career triple and first of the 2017 campaign.
- The shutout was the seventh of the season for ORU and the third time shutting out the Mavericks in five games played. It also lowered the team ERA for the Golden Eagles to 3.07, dropping to ninth in the NCAA.
ORU and Omaha close the weekend series on Mother's Day as the Golden Eagles host Senior Day at J.L. Johnson Stadium Sunday afternoon. Catch the action starting at 1 p.m. live on ESPN3.
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