Three-Run Ninth Sparks ORU to 4-2 Win at No. 25 DBU

Three-Run Ninth Sparks ORU to 4-2 Win at No. 25 DBU

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The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 4 – No. 25 Dallas Baptist 2
ORU (8-5) – DBU (8-6)
Dallas, Texas (Horner Ballpark)


DALLAS, Texas – A three-run ninth inning sparked the Oral Roberts baseball team to a 4-2, come-from-behind win on the road at No. 25 Dallas Baptist Sunday afternoon at Horner Ballpark.


Freshman RJ Pearson came through with a pinch hit, RBI single to even the score, 2-2, and Cal Hernandez delivered a two-run double to give the Golden Eagles the lead with two outs.


The back end of the ORU bullpen had another shut-down effort down the stretch as Grant Townsend and Kyler Stout were nearly untouchable over four innings. Justin McGregor surrendered three hits in five innings as the starter before giving way to the bullpen where Stout earned his first win of the season.


Quote of the Day

"In that moment, with all the pressure of it, Cal goes down 0-2 in a hurry and gets a pitch out over the plate he can handle. He didn't try to do too much with it and hits it hard down the line. Just a good college baseball game, well played on both sides, and I'm proud of the way our guys hung in there and found a way at the end." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar


Turning Point

After its one-run advantage was erased in the bottom of the third, ORU finally broke through in the ninth inning scoring three times. Nick Rotola opened with a single and moved into scoring position on Riley Keizor's sacrifice bunt and Jack Rosenberg was hit by an inside pitch. Pearson stepped to the plate and fell behind 0-2 before his single allowed the tying run to slide home safely. The Golden Eagles continued the inning on another sacrifice bunt by Alex Schmitz and Nick Roark drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs. Hernandez fought back after two strikes to send a double to left plating the eventual winning run.


Inside the Box Score
- Townsend and Stout each pitched two innings and gave up just one hit and one walk to stifle the DBU hitters. Townsend struck out a pair before Stout picked up the win behind four strikeouts.


- Hernandez set a career high with three RBI in the game going 2-for-4, including a RBI single in the third that gave the Golden Eagles an early lead.


- Keizor posted another two-hit effort for ORU as six players recorded at least one hit.


- Roark drew a team-best two walks and reached base three times Sunday.


- The Golden Eagles out-hit the Patriots for the second-straight day totaling eight compared to four from the home side and moved to 5-0 this season when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.


Up Next

ORU is right back on the road Tuesday afternoon heading to Springfield, Missouri, for a matchup with the Bears of Missouri State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with live audio available on the ORU Sports Network.


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