DALLAS, Texas - Balanced offense replaced an error ridden first inning for the Oral Roberts University baseball team as the Golden Eagles won their fifth straight game with a 6-4 victory at Dallas Baptist on Thursday.
ORU (6-6) snapped a four-game skid against DBU, while the Patriots (9-4) dropped its third game of the season to a Southland Conference member.
All nine hitters in the Golden Eagle lineup recorded hits with Brandon Healy leading the way with two. Tyler Boss had an RBI double and scored in the game, while Anthony Sequeira, Audie Afenir and Joey Migliaccio each singled and scored.
Kurt Giller took the ball to start the game on the mound for ORU and allowed three runs on three hits. Colin Hightower (3-1) entered in the fifth and pitched 3.2 innings with just a hit and a run to earn the victory. .Jordan Romano finished off the Patriots for his third save of the season.
The Golden Eagle pitching staff allowed just four Patriot hits, the lowest output by an opponent this season.
Patriot ace Paul Voelker (2-1) was the losing pitcher in the game, allowing six runs on seven hits in 5.1 inings. DBU was led by Nash Knight at the plate with two hits, including a double, two RBI's and scored once.
Miscues struck the Golden Eagles early in the contest as the Patriots plated two runs on just a hit and three errors. Knight delivered a two-run single to center to score Mike Wesolowski and Daniel Salters. Both runners reached on Golden Eagle errors earlier in the inning.
Fortunately for ORU, the DBU defense struggled early as well. With two outs, Sequeira drew a walk and Afenir singled through the right side, setting up a Migliaccio single to score Sequeira to make the score 2-1.
Forcier followed with an infield single. Trying to make a play at first, DBU second baseman Camden Duzenack threw the ball away, allowing Afenir to score. The second DBU error of the inning came in the next at bat as the Patriots tried to pick off Forcier at first, the ball got away and Migliaccio scored to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Patriots tied the game at three apiece in the bottom of the fifth as Justin Wall beat out a grounder deep in the hole at second, driving in Austin Listi.
ORU answered the Patriots yet again in the top of the sixth. Following a Jose Trevino single and Logan Domenico walk, Boss doubled into the left field corner to plate Trevino to regain a 4-3 lead. Sequeira followed with an infield single to short to plate Domenico.
It didn't take long for Boss to cross the plate as Afenir flew out to center field, bringing Boss home, extending the ORU lead to 6-4.
The Patriots added their fourth and final run in bottom of the eighth has Knight led the inning off with a double and he scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by David Martinelli.
The same two teams will be back in action on Friday for the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.
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