NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Pepe Gomez pitched a gem on Sunday as he, Kyler Stout and Jordan Romano combined to clinch a three-game sweep for the Oral Roberts University baseball team over Stephen F. Austin with a 4-0 win.
ORU improved to 19-16 this season and 7-8 in Southland Conference action, while SFA dropped to 15-20 and 6-9. It was the fifth straight victory for the Golden Eagles.
Gomez (5-3) moved to 2-0 on the week after seven innings of work against the Lumberjacks, allowing just three hits and striking out four. Romano got the last out of the game for his ninth save of the year.
Mackenzie Handle, Zach Marberry and Ricardo Sanchez had the three SFA hits. The Golden Eagles outhit the 'Jacks 39-16 in the series.
Kevin Bishop took the loss as he went five innings, allowing six hits and three runs.
For the fifth time in the series, the Golden Eagle ran across three runners in an to give the Golden Eagles to take an early 3-0 lead after the top of the second inning. With runners on the corners, Brandon Healy laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt. Brandy was coming home on the play and the catcher dropped the throw to put the Golden Eagles on the board 1-0.
Two batters later, Domenico sent a pitch back up the middle for a two-run single, driving in Afenir and Healy to make it a 3-0 game.
That was all the help Gomez needed as he allowed just five base runners over the next six innings. His only jam came in the bottom of the seventh when the 'Jacks picked up back to back hits and a walk to load the bases, inducing a fly ball to center to get out of the inning.
In the ninth, Boss extended the ORU lead to 4-0 with a single to left that brought home Forcier from second base.
Up next for ORU is a trip to face Wichita State on Tuesday evening in Wichita, Kan. First pitch against the Shockers is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.