Score: Western Illinois 1 – Oral Roberts 11 (7 innings)
Records: WIU (18-27, 12-12 SL) – ORU (23-20, 14-10 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team used 13 walks and a hit batter to go with 10 hits handing Western Illinois an 11-1 victory in seven innings Sunday afternoon on Senior Day. Five runs came home on a free pass with the bases loaded as the Golden Eagles plate discipline was on display at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
ORU scored the final 11 runs of the ballgame, all coming in the third and fourth innings, and cruised to a decisive win in the final Summit League home game of the regular season, limiting the visitors to just three hits.
Riley Keizor led the charge offensively with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored, while Hunter Wilson also tallied three RBI and three walks as ORU sent double-digit batters to the plate in both the third and fourth frames. All four runs scored by the Golden Eagles in the fourth inning that stretched the lead to 10 came on free passes.
Quote of the Day
"We had a couple of balls finally get down, and I thought that was big. Even in the first inning we hit a couple of balls on the screws that didn't get down. But we were able to break it open there in the third inning. I thought we pitched well enough to stay in it, too." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Leathernecks brought home a run in the second inning for a 1-0 lead, the Golden Eagles stormed back posting seven runs in the third to take control of the matinee. Seven of the first eight batters in the inning scored a run, with the only exception coming on a sacrifice bunt, as ORU had back-to-back RBI singles from Spencer Henson and Isaac Coffey to take a 2-1 lead. Keizor and Wilson delivered two-run singles later to push the advantage to 7-1 as the home side capitalized on five hits and five walks in the inning.
Inside the Box Score
- Hunter Swift matched a career best by walking four times in the game officially going 0-for-0 with two runs scored and a RBI.
- Jake McMurray went 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and a RBI joining Swift and Wilson by reaching base four times in the contest. Blake Hall walked twice and scored both times, while Anthony Martinez added a RBI getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
- Andrew Pace extended his streak of reaching base safely to 34 games as the senior went 2-for-4 and scored a run. He is just the fifth player to reach that milestone in the last 20 years of ORU baseball history.
- Coffey pitched effectively in the start allowing one run on three hits over 3.2 innings before exiting with an injury. AJ Archambo retired all four WIU batters he faced picking up the win and Trey Wolf followed by shutting down the final two scoreless innings. The pitchers combined to hold the Leathernecks to one runner in scoring position over the final five frames.
- The Golden Eagles honored six seniors as Trevor McCutchin, Josh McMinn, Andrew Pace, Jack Rosenberg were all honored for their playing careers, while Sierra Rizzo was recognized for her contributions in the front office for four years.
ORU hits the road for a challenging mid-week test at Little Rock Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The Golden Eagles go for the season sweep on the ORU Sports Network after earning a 10-inning win over the Trojans earlier this year.
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