Score: Omaha 7 – Oral Roberts 10
Records: UNO (21-9-1, 13-2 SL) – ORU (16-17, 8-7 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Two of Blake Hall's career-high five hits cleared the fence at J.L. Johnson Stadium as his six RBI powered the Oral Roberts baseball team to a 10-7 win over Omaha Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles overcame an early four-run deficit by scoring six times in the bottom of the second highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Hall. The Mavericks evened the game 7-7 in the sixth, but ORU quickly punched back plating a pair in the same inning as Hall delivered again, this time with a RBI single before Riley Keizor drew a bases-loaded walk making it a 9-7 contest.
The Magnolia, Arkansas, native gave ORU breathing room late in the afternoon adding his second home run and the back end of the bullpen shut down Omaha securing a series win over The Summit League-leading Mavericks, their first series loss of 2019.
Quote of the Day
"Blake Hall just continues to get better as he gets more experience. He's a guy that the ceiling is very high. He has strength, he has some power and he sees the ball well. He's got a chance to be a special player and we saw that with a couple of big swings today." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Facing a 4-0 deficit to the Mavericks entering the bottom of the second, the Golden Eagles showcased a disciplined approach at the plate drawing five walks and a hit batter, while sending 12 men to the plate. Isaac Coffey and Riley Keizor each walked to open the frame before a Jake McMurray RBI double put ORU on the board. Jack Rosenberg walked to load the bases and Anthony Martinez was hit by a pitch to plate the second run with one out. Hall stepped in and launched a 1-0 pitch high over the fence in left center as the game shifted in favor of the Golden Eagles taking a 6-4 advantage.
Inside the Box Score
- Hall hit ORU's first grand slam since Spencer Henson did so at home against Nebraska March 21, 2018, and the junior added a second home run, a solo shot, in the eighth. He closed the day 5-for-5 with a season-high six RBI and four runs scored.
- McMurray and Hunter Wilson added a pair of hits for the ORU offense and Martinez scored twice with a double to his credit. McMurray's RBI double in the second opened the scoring for the Golden Eagles and was his third-consecutive, extra-base hit against the Mavericks over the weekend.
- Henson posted a RBI single and walked twice, including an intentional walk, while Keizor reached base three times via free passes and Coffey also drew a pair of walks. The Golden Eagles walked eight times in the game and were struck out just three times.
- AJ Archambo made his first collegiate start and struck out three across 3.1 innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits.
- Hunter Swift pitched two scoreless innings from the ORU bullpen picking up his third win before Henson closed the door with his fourth save of the season.
The Golden Eagles host in-state foe Oklahoma Tuesday night looking for a sweep in the season series with the Sooners. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. live on ESPN+ and KGEB TV-53/CoxHD and will feature post-game fireworks at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
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