Score: Oral Roberts 8 – No. 8 Arkansas 15
Records: ORU (14-16, 6-6 SL) – UA (25-8, 8-4 SEC)
Location: Fayetteville, Ark. (Baum-Walker Stadium)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A pair of three-run innings put the Oral Roberts baseball team in front of Arkansas twice, but the eighth-ranked Razorbacks erased the deficit winning 15-8 Tuesday night at Baum-Walker Stadium.
Isaac Coffey crushed the first pitch he saw in the first inning launching a two-run home run into left after a Trevor McCutchin RBI triple as the Golden Eagles jumped on the Razorbacks 3-0 to open the contest.
Arkansas scored four runs in the fourth and the lead see-sawed back to ORU in the fifth as Coffey ripped a two-run double and scored to give the Golden Eagles a 6-5 edge. The Razorbacks tallied another four-run frame retaking the lead and did not relinquish the advantage, despite a late home run from Hunter Wilson.
The Golden Eagles took a 6-5 lead following a three-run fifth inning, but the Razorbacks answered back immediately to erase the margin posting their second-straight, four-run frame. Back-to-back walks opened the inning as Arkansas added a RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. The rally continued on another RBI double and a run-scoring single pushed the margin to 9-6.
Inside the Box Score
- Coffey had a breakout game posting a 2-for-5 effort at the plate with the two run-producing, extra-base hits, while scoring twice. His heads-up base running allowed him to reach third on his double in the fifth and later scampered home on a misplay by the Arkansas pitcher.
- Wilson returned to Baum-Walker Stadium where he played two years for the Razorbacks before transferring to the Golden Eagles this season going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. He received a standing ovation from the 8,723 fans in attendance during his first plate appearance and the fan favorite got the crowd to its feet again in the eighth blasting a two-run home run to right.
- McCutchin registered his first triple of the season and played three different positions in the field after starting as designated hitter. The senior also pitched 0.2 innings from the bullpen.
- Caleb Lee put together his best outing of the year throwing three innings in the start for ORU. The junior allowed just one run on three hits and struck out three.
- The Golden Eagles pitching staff struggled with their command all night issuing 13 free passes, a season high. ORU used nine different pitchers in the game, while its offense ended the contest leaving eight runners on base.
ORU returns home to J.L. Johnson Stadium for a pivotal Summit League series against conference leaders Omaha April 12-14. Game one gets started Friday evening at 6 p.m. Don't miss a single pitch of the action live on ESPN+ and KGEB TV-53/CoxHD.
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