Score: Oral Roberts 10 – Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (8 innings)
Records: ORU (21-18, 12-8 SL) – PFW (5-35, 0-20 SL)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mastodon Field)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Matt Gaskins tossed a complete-game shutout as the Oral Roberts baseball team picked up a 10-0, run-rule win in eight innings over Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon at Mastodon Field.
Six different players tallied multiple hits in the opener helping the Golden Eagles to an early lead that Gaskins used to his advantage. The junior fanned a career-high seven batters across eight innings and held the Mastodons to just one runner in scoring position.
A six-run third inning helped ORU take a commanding lead early in the contest as the visitors tallied 17 hits on its way to the victory.
Quote of the Day
"Matt was good. First thing is he threw a lot of strikes. He established strike one and threw his breaking ball for strikes. Any time you do that, you have a chance to settle in and I thought he was good throughout the entire game." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Already holding a 1-0 advantage after two innings, the Golden Eagles broke the game wide open crossing home plate six times in the third. Four-straight one-out singles by ORU started the big inning as Riley Keizor hit a RBI single before Anthony Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home another run. Jake McMurray followed with a RBI single, Hunter Wilson lifted a sacrifice fly to center and Martinez scampered home on a throwing error as the ORU lead swelled to 7-0.
Inside the Box Score
- Gaskins cruised through the opening four innings retiring 10-straight at one point and struck out a career-best seven Mastodon batters. The Jenks, Oklahoma, native threw his second complete game over the last three weeks and he did so without issuing a walk and allowed five hits. It marked the first shutout by an ORU pitcher since Miguel Ausua's nine-inning effort May 27, 2017 in The Summit League Championship.
- Blake Hall and Keizor paced the offense with two RBI apiece. Hall lined his seventh home run of the season in the fourth, a solo shot to left. Keizor went 3-for-5 at the plate, including the series-clinching RBI single in the top of the eighth making it a double-digit advantage.
The series finale scheduled for Saturday afternoon as part of the doubleheader was pushed back to Sunday morning due to rain and sleet falling at Mastodon Field. The action will get underway at 11:30 a.m. (CT) with coverage available at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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