Score: No. 22 Wichita State 1 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: WSU (9-2) – ORU (7-3)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Three pitchers combined for a brilliant effort in the Oral Roberts baseball team's 2-1 upset of No. 22 Wichita State Wednesday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium holding the Shockers to three hits.
The Golden Eagles got five innings from starter Taylor Varnell before giving way to Grant Townsend and Kyler Stout from the bullpen for the final four. The trio shut down one of the nation's top power-hitting offenses surrendering three hits and one run in the victory.
Noah Cummings brought home the first run with a RBI double off the wall in right center plating Cal Hernandez, who started the frame with a double of his own, in a two-run third inning. A sacrifice fly by Spencer Henson allowed Nick Roark to slide head first into home plate as the eventual winning run.
Quote of the Day
"We're getting closer. When you can pitch like we've been pitching to this point in the season, you're always going to give yourself a chance. We hung on. This is a good club, and it's a really offensive club. To be able to hold them to one run; shows the really good pitching performance and we got just enough offense to get it done." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU scored its only two runs of the afternoon in the bottom of the third and held off the nationally-ranked Shockers the rest of the way for the upset. The Golden Eagles tallied two of their three extra base hits in the inning as Hernandez ripped a double to start the frame. Roark followed with a walk and Cummings stepped in and delivered a RBI double off the base of the wall in right center. Henson followed three pitches later sending a sacrifice fly into shallow right and Roark raced home to beat the throw and give the home side a 2-0 advantage.
Inside the Box Score
- Varnell was excellent in his second start of the year striking out seven and allowing just two hits and one run over five innings. The senior matched his career high with five frames pitched and seven strikeouts in his first win of the season.
- Townsend gave up one hit and struck out five in 2.2 innings of work as he increased his team-leading strikeout total to 19.
- Stout entered in the bottom of the eighth and picked up a four-out save, his fifth of the season, which ties him for the NCAA lead. He struck out two and allowed his first base runner to reach this year on a lead-off walk that was erased on Riley Keizor's caught stealing throw to second.
- Cummings took over sole possession of 10th on the all-time RBI list for ORU with the 148th of his career. The senior recorded his first extra-base hit of 2018 with the double in the third.
- Freshman AJ Archambo recorded the first hit of his career with a single in the second as six different ORU players tallied a hit in the contest.
- The Golden Eagles had chances to break the game open, but stranded 11 runners on base, having the bases loaded in the second and third innings.
ORU hits the road for its first series away from home facing the Patriots of Dallas Baptist in three games March 9-11. Game one is set for Friday night at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's action will be available on Fox Sports Southwest at 2 p.m. The Sunday finale is slated for 1 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.
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