Golden Eagles Fall at No. 11 OU

Golden Eagles Fall at No. 11 OU

Box Score | Season Stats | 2018 Schedule

 

The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 3 – No. 11 Oklahoma 20
Records: 
ORU (17-14, 8-4 Summit League) – OU (25-11, 8-1 Big 12)
Location: 
Norman, Okla. (L. Dale Mitchell Park)

 

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team dropped a 20-3 decision on the road at nationally-ranked Oklahoma Wednesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

 

The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Cal Hernandez and Noah Cummings drew consecutive walks. Spencer Henson, back in the lineup for the first time in more than a week, belted the first pitch he saw for a RBI single to left.

 

The No. 11-ranked Sooners answered back scoring five runs in the bottom half of the first and tallied multiple runs in five innings on the night to record the season sweep of ORU for the first time since 2013.

 

Turning Point

After ORU tagged the Sooners for a run in the first, the OU offense took command of the contest by posting a five-run bottom of the first. A walk to start the inning was followed by a sacrifice bunt and a hit batter. Back-to-back RBI singles gave the home side the advantage that was never given up.

 

Inside the Box Score

- Noah Cummings celebrated his birthday by drawing a walk in each of his first two times at the plate and made a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the eighth inning.

 

- Harrison Smith made his first appearance in the field this season and delivered a single in his first at-bat of 2018. The infielder converted to a pitcher late last year and got the start at shortstop Wednesday going 1-for-4, He also combined with Nick Roark to turn three double plays.

 

- Andrew Pace tallied an opposite-field double in the ninth and closed the day 1-for-3 with a RBI groundout in the fourth. The junior also walked in the second to reach base twice.

 

- Daniel Kloehr drove home the third run for ORU in the ninth plating Pace from third as a pinch hitter. Earlier in the ninth, Luke Preaus also had a pinch-hit appearance for the Golden Eagles and drew one of the team's six walks.

 

- Hernandez, Riley Keizor and Nick Rotola all had hits for the Golden Eagles, which Hernandez and Rotola reached on infield singles.

 

- Four pitchers saw the mound from the ORU bullpen in relief of starter Taylor Varnell with Trevor McCutchin tossing two scoreless frames to finish the game.

 

Up Next

The Golden Eagles return home for a Summit League series against Fort Wayne April 13-15 at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Catch all the action live on the ORU Sports Network with video, audio and stat coverage all weekend starting Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

 

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