Score: Missouri State 11 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: MSU (4-11) – ORU (6-8)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – A slow start proved to be the downfall of the Oral Roberts baseball team Wednesday night in an 11-2 loss to Missouri State at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Bears used three hits to score twice in the top of the first inning before putting up eight runs in the second stretching their lead to 10-0. The Golden Eagles bullpen held MSU in check over the final seven innings allowing just one run.
Spencer Henson obliterated his team-high fifth home run of the year in the fourth sending a solo shot well clear of the left-field fence, but ORU hit into three double plays on the day erasing any chance of a comeback.
A two-run single in the first gave Missouri State an early lead and the margin swelled into a commanding 10-run margin through two innings capped by a three-run home run from Logan Geha. The Bears first three batters of the second reached via free passes as they sent 11 batters to the plate during the run and forced the Golden Eagles to use three pitchers to stop the inning.
Quote of the Day
"I thought we stayed engaged. The biggest thing is that deficit takes you out of some things you might try to do offensively. You can't really bunt and you're not going to run a whole lot, so you're pretty much station to station to try to create the big inning. We had the bases loaded there twice in the middle, but just couldn't get that big hit to pull us a little closer." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Inside the Box Score
-Henson increased his Summit League leading RBI total to 16 on the home run, while Andrew Pace added a single in the eighth.
-Each of the bottom three hitters in the Golden Eagle lineup registered a hit and a walk as Hunter Swift the team's only double. Isaac Coffey and Anthony Martinez each singled and Martinez added a RBI.
-The ORU bullpen allowed MSU to put runners on base during the middle innings, but refused to break farther putting six-straight zeros on the scoreboard until the eighth. The pitching staff walked 12 in the game and forced the visitors to leave 10 runners on base.
-Landon Odom suffered the loss in the start allowing five runs on three hits in 1.0 innings of work. In total, ORU used seven different pitchers in its final tune up before opening conference play.
The Golden Eagles turn their attention to Summit League play March 15-17 hosting Purdue Fort Wayne for three games at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Friday night will be broadcast on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. with the remaining two live on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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