Game One Score: South Dakota State 12 – Oral Roberts 16
Game Two Score: South Dakota State 3 – Oral Roberts 4 (11 innings)
Records: SDSU (2-17, 0-3 SL) – ORU (11-6, 3-0 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Jack Rosenberg hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th helping the Oral Roberts baseball team finish off a doubleheader sweep of South Dakota State Saturday at J.L. Johnson Stadium winning game one, 16-12, before a 4-3 win in the finale.
The Golden Eagles finally found their power early in game one totaling three home runs against the Jackrabbits as Noah Cummings and Jared Montoya lifted three-run blasts and Spencer Henson added a two-run homer. Rosenberg followed suit in the night cap launching two, solo shots to the opposite field, including the game winner.
ORU got two quality outings from its starting pitchers as Miguel Ausua picked up a win throwing six innings in the opener. Justin McGregor went six strong innings allowing one run and Kyler Stout got the victory by striking out the side in the 10th.
SDSU scored nine times in the final three innings of game one to make things interesting down the stretch and rallied to score two late in the seventh of game two to force extra innings.
Quote of the Day
"He (Jack Rosenberg) made a couple of big swings today. He hit a ball up in the zone out early in the game and made another big swing late. You almost felt like it was going to take a swing like that at some moment. I'm proud of the way we hung in there. Outside of one little hiccup, we got good work out of the bullpen. It was a good team win." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Turning Point (Game One)
The Golden Eagles took command early in the contest with a five-run second frame highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Henson. ORU scored all five runs with two outs started by a lead-off walk to Jack Rosenberg. A triple by Nick Roark brought Rosenberg home before Cal Hernandez ripped a RBI single back up the middle. Noah Cummings singled and Henson added the fireworks pushing the lead to 7-3.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Cummings has officially returned to form in a career outing for the redshirt senior as he finished the opening game with six RBI going 3-for-4 at the plate. He launched his second home run of the year and increased his RBI total to 15.
- Ausua pitched six quality innings and earned his second win of the season for the Golden Eagles. The senior allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out six.
- The top four hitters in the lineup produced in a major way combining to hit 10-for-15 with 11 runs and 11 RBI. Hernandez topped his career best by crossing home plate four times aided by a team-high two walks.
- Montoya pulled the first home run of his ORU career as his three-run shot in the fifth stayed just inside the foul pole down the line in left field.
- ORU scored in six of eight innings played and got hits from eight different players in a contest where it tallied a season-high 16 runs.
Turning Point (Game Two)
After leaving the bases loaded in the 10th, Rosenberg wasted no time in the 11th and delivered with nobody on to secure the Summit League series sweep of SDSU. He lined a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right center, a nearly identical spot to where he hit his first home run back in the fourth.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- McGregor was in command all evening and at one point set down 10-straight batters between the third and sixth frames. In total, he worked around four hits in six innings to shut down the Jackrabbits giving up only one run in the first inning.
- Roark and Hernandez continued to get on base at the top of the order as the pair posted back-to-back hits leading the first and third innings and were a combined 4-for-8 in game two. Roark and Rosenberg scored all four of the team's runs with two each, while Cummings and Henson each added RBI on sacrifice flies early in the ballgame.
- Rosenberg showed some of his power to the opposite field smashing a solo home run into right center for his first round tripper in the navy and blue. He is the first Golden Eagle to tally two home runs in a game since Matt Whatley hit two at Western Illinois last May.
- ORU drew six walks in the night cap as six different players reached via a free pass.
- Stout picked up his second win from the bullpen by striking out three in the 10th following 1.2 scoreless innings from reliever Brady Womacks.
The Golden Eagles continue their spring break homestand welcoming Nebraska from the Big 10 for two, mid-week games at J.L. Johnson Stadium. ORU and the Cornhuskers meet Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
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