Score: Oral Roberts 5 – Missouri State 6
Records: ORU (8-6) – MSU (9-5)
Location: Springfield, Missouri (Hammons Field)
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Oral Roberts baseball team led early on the road Tuesday at Missouri State and could not hold off a late-inning rally by the Bears in a 6-5 loss at Hammons Field.
The Golden Eagles held a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but the home side charged back scoring four times. ORU responded right away by taking advantage of two walks in the eighth as Noah Cummings drove a two-run double to the wall in right center swinging momentum back to its favor with a 5-4 margin.
MSU scored twice in the bottom of the ninth getting three hits and a walk before the winning run raced home on a wild pitch.
Four different players posted multi-hit efforts for ORU on the day led by Cummings' two hits, two RBI and two walks. Jared Montoya added a pair of doubles, while Riley Keizor finished with two singles and both recorded two walks to reach base four times.
Quote of the Day
"It's tough. We just made a couple mistakes late and had to pay for it. Grant and Kyler have been good all year long. Those were the first runs they've given up all year. We just needed to overcome and weren't able to get it done." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Missouri State erased the Golden Eagles' one-run lead in the ninth getting three bloop singles on closer Kyler Stout and eventually scored the winning run on a wild pitch. A lead-off single moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt and back-to-back singles plated the tying run. MSU tallied the win on a ball four wild pitch.
Inside the Box Score
- ORU's starting pitcher Taylor Varnell set a new career high by striking out eight MSU hitters as he gave up only three hits and zero runs in 4.2 innings of work.
- Nick Rotola dropped a perfect, RBI squeeze bunt in the fifth pushing the Golden Eagles' lead to 3-0. A controversial call at second base ended the frame with runners on the corners and took one run off the board.
- ORU drew a season-high nine walks as a team, four more than it earned in the first game of the season.
- The Golden Eagles bullpen duo of Grant Townsend and Stout entered the afternoon having not allowed an earned run. It was the first time this season in six chances where Stout was unable to convert the save opportunity.
ORU opens Summit League play with a weekend series back in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 16-18 facing South Dakota State. Game one gets underway Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with full coverage on ESPN3 from J.L. Johnson Stadium.
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