TULSA, Okla. - A balanced offense was key on Sunday afternoon as Oral Roberts University avoided a sweep and defeated Southeast Missouri State, 6-2, in the series finale at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
It was the first victory of the season for ORU as the Golden Eagles improved their record to 1-2, while the Redhawks fell to 2-1.
Each of the first six batters in the Golden Eagle lineup reached base safely with a hit, led by Emmanuel Forcier, Joey Migliaccio, Jose Trevino and Anthony Sequeira with two hits each, while Matt Brandy and Logan Domenico each added one.
Senior Gavin Glanz (1-0) had a good showing in his first start of the season as he earned the win with five and two-thirds innings pitched, four strikeouts and two runs allowed. Glanz allowed just three hits, including a span of 14 straight batters without a hit after he allowed a single in the opening at bat of the game.
Colin Hightower relieved Glanz and allowed just two hits in an inning and a third, while Hayden Holley and Jordan Romano had identical lines of no hits and a strikeout in an inning each. It was Hightower and Romano's debut in a Golden Eagle uniform.
Preseason All-American Jason Blum and Cole Ferguson led the SEMO offense with a hit and a run each, and Ryan Lenaburg (0-1) took the loss on the mound with three runs on five hits in four innings pitched.
Blum helped the Redhawks start the game off on the right foot with a single to lead off the contest. After he swiped second and moved to third on a Cole Bieser sacrifice, Blum scored on a sac fly off the bat of Matt Tellor.
However, the Golden Eagles quickly answered in the bottom half of the first. Forcier started the action with a single to left and moved into scoring position two batters later on a balk. Brandy made the Redhawks pay for the mistake with a single to right to plate Forcier.
Sequiera followed Brandy's single with a single of his own before Logan Domenico drew a walk, the first of three he drew on the afternoon, to load the bases. After a 10-plus pitch at bat, Brandon Healy drew a walk to push in Brandy to give the Golden Eagles an early 2-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles got the leadoff hitter on base again in the second as Lenaburg threw a pitch that caught the jersey of Derrian James. Forcier moved James to second with a sacrifice bunt, and two batters later, James scored on a bad throw to first by the SEMO second baseman on a routine groundball off the bat of Trevino.
With ORU leading 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth, the Redhawks cut into the lead with a single up the middle by Scott Mitchell to drive in Tellor. However, just like in the first, the Golden Eagles answered.
With one out and a speedy Forcier standing on first base, Migliaccio pulled a pitch into the right field corner that allowed Forcier to score from first. The next batter, Trevino, picked up his second hit of the afternoon through the right side to drive in Migliaccio and extend the Golden Eagle lead to 5-2.
ORU added its final run of the afternoon with two outs in the eighth as Sequeira singled to right to drive in Trevino from second base.
The Golden Eagles will hit the road for the first time on Friday as they head to Lubbock, Texas, to face Big 12 member Texas Tech for the first of three games. Game one against the Red Raiders is scheduled for 2 p.m., while game is set for the same time on Saturday and the finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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