Tulsa, Okla. - The Southland Conference season started with a bang for the Oral Roberts University baseball team as the Golden Eagles blew out Northwestern State 15-0 in seven innings, at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Friday.
ORU moved back to .500 with the victory, improving to 8-8 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while the Demons dropped to 0-1 in the conference a 7-9 overall.
Kurt Giller (1-2) went all seven innings in the mercy rule shutout victory, striking out a season high eight batters. It was the first time he had eight or more strikeouts since April 6, 2012, and his first complete game shutout since April 12, 2012.
Audie Afenir had the big hit in the contest with a grand slam into the Golden Eagle bullpen in a seven-run first inning. Jose Trevino finished the evening three for three at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored, while Brandon Healy and Austen Colt each picked up three hits as well.
Junior Matt Brandy extended his hitting streak in the contest to 17 games. ORU out hit the Demons 14-6 in the game.
Leading the Demons at the plate was Joel Atkinson with a pair of singles. Hunter Duvic (0-3) took the loss in just a third of an inning as he allowed six runs.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a three-run double by Tyler Boss off the base of the wall in left center, and Afenir's grand slam. Healy recorded two hits in the first with a one-out double for the first hit of the game and a two-out single.
All seven of the Golden Eagles runs came with one out in the inning.
ORU added its eighth run of the game in the second inning as Trevino led off with a double into the left field corner and scored two batters later on a single to left by Colt.
After two scoreless innings, the Golden Eagles added four more runs in the top of the fifth to expend its lead to 12-0. Brandy flew out to deep center to score Derrian James on a sacrifice fly, just before Trevino singled on the first pitch on the next at bat to drive in Domenico.
Two batters later, Colt delivered a two-run single, driving in Healy and Trevino.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Afenir scored on a wild pitch by Demon reliever Fielding Matkins. A few batters later, Brandy singled up the middle to plate James and Graham McIntyre to make the score 15-0.
Giller sat Atkinson down swinging to finish the game in the top of the seventh.
The Golden Eagles and Demons will take part in a doubleheader at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Saturday in a set that was moved up in anticipation of inclement weather. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon, with game two beginning approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one.
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