Game One Score: Nevada 3 – Oral Roberts 0
Game Two Score: Nevada 2 – Oral Roberts 3
Records: Nevada (3-3) – ORU (4-1)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team salvaged a doubleheader split with Nevada Sunday afternoon getting a come-from-behind, walk-off win in game two, 3-2, after dropping the opener, 3-0, at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles were unable to spark their offense until late in the finale totaling just four hits in game one, but strung together three hits and two walks in the ninth inning of game two. Riley Keizor proved the hero in dramatic fashion lining a RBI single off the wall in left completing the comeback bid and split.
ORU's Grant Townsend tallied his second win of the year from the bullpen tossing three shut-down frames. The junior held the Wolf Pack to one hit and two walks, while striking out six as he kept the team within striking distance.
Nevada's ace starter Mark Nowaczewski tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener and game two starter Jake Jackson struck out 13 over seven innings.
Quote of the Day
"I thought the back half of that game we were pretty good. We strung things together and had tougher at-bats. We found a way and I think that's important to see out of an inexperienced offense and an inexperienced club early in the season. The bottom line is we've, got to be better offensively throughout the game. We've got to put a full game together and we just haven't done that yet." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Turning Point (Game One)
Nevada broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh posting the only three runs of the ballgame. Back-to-back singles to open the inning were followed by a sacrifice bunt that loaded the bases. A two-run single plated the go-ahead run and the Wolf Pack added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly to claim the opener.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Nick Roark totaled two of ORU's four hits going 2-for-4 at the plate. He also helped turn two critical double plays defensively.
- Starting pitcher Miguel Ausua battled through five shutout frames as the senior struck out four and allowed five hits, all singles.
- Left hander Cadon Owens made his ORU pitching debut and threw the final 1.1 innings. The former outfielder struck out one and allowed one hit.
- Nevada got nine, nearly flawless innings from its ace Nowaczewski as he gave up four hits and one walk to go with five strikeouts.
- ORU was shutout in the regular season for the first time since March 2, 2016.
Turning Point (Game Two)
The Golden Eagles trailed by two late in the game and after finally cracking through for a run in the sixth, set the stage for a dramatic finish in front of the home crowd. ORU opened the bottom of the ninth with a walk to Roark and Cal Hernandez moved the tying run into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Noah Cummings flared a one-out single to right and Spencer Henson ripped a single to left on the first pitch plating Roark for the tying run. Trevor McCutchin followed by drawing a walk to load the bases before Keizor, a sophomore from Verdigris, Oklahoma, stepped up and delivered a walk-off single to the base of the wall in left.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Townsend was clutch down the stretch from the ORU bullpen limiting the chances for Nevada. He finished with his second victory on the mound in as many appearances this season.
- Roark moved to the lead-off spot in the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
- Spencer Henson, the reigning Summit League Player of the Week, continued his hot start to the year adding his team-leading fifth RBI of the campaign hitting a RBI single in the ninth.
- ORU starter Justin McGregor pitched six innings and rebounded after Nevada scored a pair in the first. He finished with five hits and two runs allowed in the no decision.
ORU gets set to face regional power Missouri State for a mid-week contest Tuesday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with live coverage available on the ORU Sports Network.
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