Score: Dallas Baptist 6 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: DBU (12-3) – ORU (6-6)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – It was a pitcher's duel for the first seven innings Sunday before a five-run eighth handed the Oral Roberts baseball team a 6-2 loss to Dallas Baptist in the series finale at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Isaac Coffey as he tossed six scoreless innings and held the powerful Patriots offense off the scoreboard. The freshman allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out six.
Holding a 1-0 lead, ORU threatened to add to its total with back-to-back walks and one out in the seventh. The DBU bullpen held firm keeping the deficit at one and used that momentum in the top half of the next inning. The Patriots used a one-out triple and walk in the eighth before a three-run home run turned the tide of the contest.
Hunter Swift hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second sparking the offense as hits were at a premiere all afternoon. Trevor McCutchin hammered a home run with two outs in the ninth closing the gap.
Quote of the Day
"The biggest thing was Isaac Coffey went out and solidified it on the mound. His start gave us some momentum as the game went along. I thought he was really good. Hunter makes a big swing to put us up, we just couldn't hold on."– Head Coach Ryan Folmar
DBU used the long ball to break through in the eighth after getting shut down through the first seven frames. With two runners in scoring position, Evan Sandmann turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead hitting a home run to right. The Patriots added a pair of RBI singles later in the inning to push their advantage to 5-1.
Inside the Box Score
-Coffey had his defense turn an inning-ending double play in the opening frame as Blake Hall doubled off a runner at first. The Goleta, California, native went on to retire 15 of the next 17 batters he faced before handing the game over to the bullpen, which put down four-straight batters until trouble in the eighth.
-Swift launched his second home run of the season turning on a 3-2 fastball in the second. McCutchin added a no-doubt blast in the ninth for his third home run of the campaign.
-Andrew Pace had singles in consecutive plate appearances finishing with half of ORU's total hits going 2-for-4.
-DBU totaled seven of its 10 hits over the final two innings scoring all six of its runs as ORU was swept at home for the first time since 2015.
The Golden Eagles hit the road for a non-conference matchup with the Shockers of Wichita State Tuesday night. First pitch from Eck Stadium will be at 6 p.m. featuring live audio on the ORU Sports Network.
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