Score: South Dakota State 0 – Oral Roberts 1
Records: SDSU (9-10, 2-2 SL) – ORU (10-9, 4-0 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts starting pitcher Josh McMinn put together a dazzling performance on the mound as the Golden Eagles shutout South Dakota State 1-0 Friday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Both team's pitchers were in complete control for the entirety of the ballgame as McMinn tossed eight scoreless innings, while the Jackrabbits two pitchers combined to give up just one run, aided by excellent defense across the field. Trey Wolf picked up the third save of his young career retiring all three batters faced after entering the game from the bullpen with the tying run on base in the ninth.
With hits at a premium in the series opener, it was a RBI single off the bat of Hunter Swift that brought home the only run of the day in the bottom of the second. A lead-off walk to Trevor McCutchin and heads-up base running by the senior moved him into scoring position. Swift ripped a single into the gap in right center plating the early advantage for ORU that proved to be the difference in keeping the home side unbeaten in Summit League play this season.
Quote of the Day
"What can you say? Josh was exceptional. I thought Trey Wolf came in behind him and was really good as well. Josh has been through a lot of games and he's been there before, and you have trust in guys who have been there and done that. He hung in there and made a couple of really big pitches, especially late."– Head Coach Ryan Folmar
McMinn was at his best in critical moments forcing timely ground balls, but none was bigger than in the sixth inning when the senior fielded his position perfectly for a double play. The Jackrabbits started the inning with a single and walk, putting the tying run into scoring position with no outs. After the senior forced a fly ball out, he scooped a short grounder and fired to Anthony Martinez covering at second and on to Spencer Henson for the inning-ending double play.
Inside the Box Score
- With his first strikeout of the night, McMinn moved into a tie for 10th place in ORU history with career strikeout number 229. The senior tied former No. 1 overall draft pick Mike Moore on the career list and tallied six K's in the outing. He pitched into the ninth inning for the second time in his last three starts allowing six hits without giving up a run moving to 4-2 on the year.
- Wolf quickly struck out the first two batters he faced as SDSU put the potential tying run at first base in the ninth. The product of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, forced a liner to right that Drew Lowe chased down ending ORU's first shutout since Feb. 18, 2018.
- The Golden Eagles defense, with three true freshman in the starting lineup, shined by turning two double plays. Both plays ended threats by SDSU, including an inning-ending, 1-6-3 bid in the sixth after the Jackrabbits put runners on the corners to preserve the 1-0 edge.
- Lowe led the offense with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate hitting singles in consecutive at bats in the fourth and sixth innings. Andrew Pace, Isaac Coffey and Swift added the other singles for the Golden Eagles, while Henson drew two walks (one intentional).
ORU and South Dakota State continue the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Catch all the action live on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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