LAKE CHARLES, La. - Guillermo Trujillo highlighted an Oral Roberts University baseball doubleheader split on Friday at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. The Golden Eagles fell to the Cowboys in a back and forth game one, 12-6, but rode Trujillo's arm in game two, 2-0.
The slit moved ORU's overall record to 10-11 and 2-3 in the Southland, while McNeese is now 13-8 and 3-2 in the SLC.
Trujillo went all nine innings for a two-hit complete game shutout, carrying a one-hitter into the eighth inning. The sophomore struck out five batters as he improved his record to 1-1. It was Trujillo's first complete game as a Golden Eagle.
Kurt Giller took the loss in game one as he went 5.1 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits to move his record to 1-3 on the season. McNeese reliever Cole Prejean (2-1) earns the victory in 3.1 innings after entering the game for Lucas Quary who the Golden Eagles touched up for six runs.
Andrew Guillotte tallied four hits, three of which came in the first contest, while Jackson Gooch, Chayse Marion and James Cantu each added three. Gooch and Marion each hit home runs.
The Cowboys outhit the Golden Eagles 16-8 in game one, the most hits allowed by the Golden Eagles this season. However, the Cowboy hits in game two were the lowest total allowed by the ORU pitching staff this season.
Game two's shutout was the first time the Cowboys had been held scoreless this season.
Boss started the scoring in the top of the second with his first home run of the season over the left-center field wall to give the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
However, McNeese took the lead in the bottom of the third with four runs on four hits. With the bases loaded, Jackson Gooch pushed a one-out double into the gap in left center to score three runs. Connor Lloyd followed with a single to straight away center to score Gooch to give the Cowboys a 4-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles regained the lead with five runs in the visitor's half of the fourth and the fifth innings. After a leadoff double by Trevino and Boss getting was hit by a pitch, Audie Afenir a ripped a two-run double to right center to cut the Cowboy lead to 4-3.
Trevino continued his recent tear in the fifth as he sent a pitch over the scoreboard in left field for a three-run home run, his fourth of the season and his second in consecutive games, giving ORU a 6-4 lead.
Following a Chayse Marion home run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 6-5 ball game, the Cowboys added five more runs in the home half of the sixth. Cameron Toole started the scoring with three-run double give the Cowboys a 8-6 lead. Later in the inning, Marion added two more RBI's with a single to right to extend the lead to 10-6.
Gooch made it a four-RBI game in the bottom of the eighth with a single to plate Toole, and Lloyd followed with a single that scored Andrew Guillotte.
Wilson flashed the leather in the bottom of the fourth with runners on first and second and one out. Wilson made a diving catch on a line drive between first and second and doubled off Gooch, who was running on the play.
Wilson continued to contribute in a big way in the ORU half of the fifth with his first hit as a Golden Eagle and scored as Forcier pulled a pitch down the right field line for his second triple of the year, giving the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.
With the lead, Trujillo cruised through the next five innings, allowing just one runner to reach scoring position in that span.
The rubber match of the series is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday in Lake Charles, La.
|Box Score at McNeese, Game 1|
|Box Score at McNeese, Game 2|