Game One Score: Western Illinois 6 – Oral Roberts 4 (10 innings)
Game Two Score: Western Illinois 9 – Oral Roberts 3
Records: WIU (17-26, 12-13 SL) – ORU (22-20, 13-10 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Spencer Henson hit a solo home run in each game of a doubleheader Saturday as the Oral Roberts baseball team fell twice to Western Illinois, 6-4 in 10 innings and 9-3 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles rallied back to even the opening contest scoring twice in the seventh started by a solo home run from Spencer Henson before the Leathernecks posted two runs in the 10th. ORU had five different players record multi-hit efforts in game one and drew eight walks, but left 12 on base.
After a Henson solo home run put the Golden Eagles in front 1-0 in the first, WIU responded by scoring eight runs in the second inning of the night cap to close out the doubleheader sweep. Henson ended the day reaching base seven times going 5-for-7 with his Summit League leading 12th and 13th home runs of the year.
Four pitchers from the ORU bullpen combined to throw 12.2 innings surrendering 12 hits and four runs, while striking out 15 opposing hitters and not issuing a walk.
Quote of the Day
"We have to get going and get a win tomorrow. We had a couple of poor starts, fell behind again early and just couldn't overcome it. So now it's time to come out and get ready to play tomorrow." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
The Leathernecks used five singles in the top of the 10th inning to earn the road victory by plating a pair of runs. WIU broke the 4-4 deadlock getting RBI singles from Deion Thompson and Alex Dorethy.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Henson reached base three times in the opener, including a solo home run in a two-run seventh inning. He also was intentionally walked with one out in the ninth as the potential winning run finishing 2-for-4 with a RBI.
- Anthony Martinez drew three walks, while Andrew Pace and Hunter Swift got on base three times via two walks and a hit. Riley Keizor and Jake McMurray also tallied a pair of hits for the Golden Eagles offense.
- ORU had three base runners erased from the base paths and left a total of 12 on base in the contest as it had plenty of chances to break open the game. A pair of inning-ending double plays stopped threats with runners in scoring position in the first and eighth.
- Trevor McCutchin pitched 4.1 frames in relief and fanned a career-best eight Leathernecks hitters, but was a tough-luck loser giving up two of his four hits starting the final frame. Josh McMinn tied his shortest outing of the year tossing 4.2 innings in the start. The senior struck out four and became just the eighth pitcher is program history to throw 300 career innings.
Game Two Turning Point
A grand slam and a three-run home run in the second inning turned WIU's one-run deficit into an 8-1 advantage. The Leathernecks posted seven hits in the inning with an aggressive approach at the plate getting five-straight hits with one out highlighted by the grand slam.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Henson provided the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead hitting his second solo home run of the day crushing a 3-1 pitch to the opposite field as the Leathernecks failed to get him out in the game. The Pryor, Oklahoma, native went 3-for-3 hitting two RBI, despite having an extra-base hit wiped away as a ball hit the third-base umpire.
- Coffey added a RBI single in the sixth, an inning that was started by a double off the bat of Martinez, for the other two hits from the ORU lineup. The Golden Eagles also drew four walks in the outing.
- Sam Rainwater provided a season-high 6.1 frames of long relief allowing just two runs on five hits as the redshirt freshman struck out a career-best five. Jacob Salim pitched a perfect ninth inning fanning the final out.
The Golden Eagles look to bounce back in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as they honor five seniors. Catch the action live on ESPN+ and KGEB TV-53/CoxHD.
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