Lubbock, Texas - The sixth inning spoiled the Oral Roberts University baseball team's defensive efforts on Sunday as Texas Tech completed a three-game sweep of the Golden Eagles in Lubbock, Texas, 4-1.
ORU fell to 1-5 this season while the Red Raiders improved to 6-1. The same two teams will meet in Tulsa on April 29 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The ORU infield has had a good start to the season defensively, and that trend continued on Sunday with the Golden Eagles turning five double plays to tie a school record, done two other times, last against Centenary on May 13, 2007. The Golden Eagles have turned 11 double plays through the first six games, the most since the 2004 ORU squad.
Brandon Healy picked up two of the Golden Eagles' eight hits and scored the lone ORU run in the game. Emmanuel Forcier, Matt Brandy, Austen Colt, Logan Domenico, Anthony Sequeira and Tyler Boss each had singles in the game.
Gavin Glanz (1-1) took the loss in a five inning three run effort. All three of Glanz's runs were unearned, with Nathan Garza allowing a hit and a run, also unearned, in relief. Jordan Romano threw the final two innings for the Golden Eagles.
Ryan Long led the Red Raiders with two hits and two runs driven in. Entering in the fourth after Tech starter Chris Sadberry was hit by a line drive, Cameron Smith (3-0) earned the victory. Johnathan Tripp earned his first save of the season in two innings on the mound.
Tech jumped out to a 1-0 lead in bottom of the second as Eric Gutierrez and Adam Kirsch reached on back to back singles. After both runners advanced on a passed ball, Long drove in Gutierrez with a sacrifice fly to center.
In the top of the fourth, the Golden Eagles rattled off three straight singles as Healy, Brandy and Boss reached to load the bases with one out. After a battle at the plate, Domenico drew a walk to push in Healy from third to tie the game at one.
The sixth inning proved troublesome for the Golden Eagles for the second straight contest as the Red Raiders plated three runners on four hits to take a 4-1 lead.
With the bases loaded, Gutierrez was hit by a pitch to push in the first run of the inning. Kirsch followed with a grounder to short, starting the fourth double play of the afternoon for the Golden Eagles, but it allowed Bryant Burleson to score from third, extending the lead to 3-1.
The next batter, Long, capped the scoring with a single through the right side to score Barrios to make the lead 4-1 for Tech.
ORU returns home on Tuesday against Missouri State for the first of a five-game home stand. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
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