TULSA, Okla. - A five-run fourth inning wasn't enough for the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Saturday as Southeast Missouri State came from behind to top the Golden Eagles 7-5 at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The loss dropped ORU's record to 0-2 while the Redhawks improved to 2-0.
Guillermo Trujillo took the ball to begin the game on the mound with seven innings pitched, three strikeouts and three runs, all of which were earned. Phillip Wilson (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in the eighth inning two-thirds of an inning. Hayden Holley pitched the final inning and a third with two strikeouts.
Four Redhawks recorded multi-hit games with Dalton Hewitt recording three hits and Jason Blum, Cole Ferguson and Brandon Boggetto added two each. Boggetto drove in four of the Redhawk runs on the afternoon, and scored once.
Skylar Cobb (1-0) earned the victory in two-thirds of an inning on the mound and Garret Stockton recorded the save.
The Redhawks started the scoring in the second inning, highlighted by a leadoff triple on the first pitch by Ferguson into the gap in left center. Two batters later, Hewitt drove in Ferguson with a single up the middle.
SEMO added to its lead in the top of the fourth on a Boggetto single to right to plate Hewitt to make the score 2-0.
However, the Golden Eagles answered in the bottom half of the inning as they brought 11 men to the plate, scoring five runs on just four hits.
Brandy started the festivities with his first Division I home run, sending a line drive over the left field wall. After a double by Anthony Sequeira and a Tyler Boss walk, Healy sent a pitch back up the middle to score both runners for ORU's first lead of the season, 3-2.
Following an Emmanual Forcier walk, Jon Davis recorded his first hit and RBI as a Golden Eagle with a single left that scored Healy. Logan Domenico took the first of two hit by pitches in the game to load the bases to bring Brandy back to the plate with the bases loaded. Brandy drew a bases loaded walk for his second RBI of the inning as the base on ball pushed in Forcier, extending the Golden Eagle lead to 5-2.
SEMO began to chip into the lead in the top of the sixth as Hewitt doubled to deep center and scored on a single over a leaping Joey Migliaccio at first by Derek Gibson.
The Golden Eagles threatened to extend their 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh as Brandy and Trevino singled, and Sequeira was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, Brandy was caught stealing during Trevino's at bat, and Trevino and Sequeira were left on base as a strikeout ended the inning.
SEMO regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning. Following a leadoff single by Ferguson, who was replaced by John Zink as a pinch runner, Andy Lennington reached on an error by Brandy. Hewitt then laid down what looked to be a sacrifice bunt attempt, that was thrown into the outfield by Trevino, allowing Zink to come around and score to cut the ORU lead to 5-4.
Two batters later, with Lennington on second and Hewitt on first, Boggetto sent a pitch beyond the left field wall for a three-run home run to give the Redhawks its final output, 7-5.
The Golden Eagles had one final opportunity in the bottom of the ninth as the winning run came to the plate with no outs, but SEMO reliever Garret Stockton got the final three ORU hitters out to close the game.
ORU and SEMO will play the final contest of the series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at J.L. Johnson Stadium is schedule for 1 p.m.
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