Score: Oral Roberts 6 – Fort Wayne 1
Records: ORU (35-18, 24-6 Summit League) – Fort Wayne (11-37, 7-23 Summit League)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mastodon Field)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Spencer Henson drove in three runs Saturday afternoon as the Oral Roberts baseball team closed the 2018 regular season winning 6-1 over Fort Wayne at Mastodon Field.
The Golden Eagles had a staff day with their pitchers and limited the home side to just two hits for the day. ORU used five different pitchers and closed the regular-season finale by retiring 13 of the final 14 batters.
Of the seven hits for ORU in the series-clinching victory, six went for extra bases, including a pair of triples from Noah Cummings and a Henson two-run home run in the fifth.
Quotes of the Day
"I thought all those guys that walked to the mound today were sharp. The offense was pretty average, but this is not an easy place to come and score. But we're ready to get going into next week. This is what we play for; this is what we prepare for. I think we're starting to play well at the right time of the year, so we're looking forward to Wednesday night." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
The Golden Eagles raced out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning before Fort Wayne responded in the bottom half cutting the deficit in half. The Mastodons threatened with the tying run on base in the fourth, but it was Colton Larkins that forced an inning-ending double play on a great effort from Nick Roark. That defensive momentum carried over into the fifth where Roark led with a single and Henson blasted his Summit League-leading ninth home run of the year to right center.
Inside the Box Score
- Logan Michaels allowed one run, a solo home run, to the Mastodons over three innings of work in the start, while striking out four. Larkins tossed the next three frames giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
- Henson finished with three RBI knocking home Cummings on a groundout in the third before his long ball in the fifth.
- Cummings became the first ORU player to record two triples in a game since Tyler Boss had a pair March 12, 2013 at Texas.
ORU returns to campus to prepare for The Summit League Championships at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 23-26. The Golden Eagles are the top seed in the event by way of winning their 18th-consecutive regular season title and will face either North Dakota State or South Dakota State Wednesday night.
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