CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Big innings to start the game lifted the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles blasted the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 17-6 in a mercy-rule victory.
ORU moved to 23-20 on the season and 10-11 in Southland Conference action to move into a two-way tie with Central Arkansas for eighth place. The Islanders had a seven-game winning streak snapped and moved to 25-19 and 14-7 in league action.
It was the first time the Golden Eagles scored 17 or more runs since May 21, 2011, when ORU topped Southern Utah, 18-4.
The Golden Eagles scattered a season high 23 hits in the game, the first 20-hit game for ORU since the 2011 season. Anthony Sequeira went 5-5 in the game, with a double, two RBI's and scored four runs scored. Logan Domenico picked up four hits, drove in two and scored twice, while Tyler Boss drove in five and scored twice on three hits.
Pepe Gomez (6-3) struggled in the start on the mound, but battled through 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits. Gomez struck out seven batters in the win.
Jordan Lee led the Islanders with three hits and scored three times, while Frankie Salas and Josh Garza each had a pair of hits in the game. The Islanders sent six pitchers to the mound, with Davin Skapura (4-3) taking the loss in just a third of inning, allowing six runs on five hits.
Boss started the scoring with no outs in the top of the first with a three-run double into right center that brought home Emmanuel Forcier, Domenico and Jose Trevino. Following an RBI single off the bat of Sequeira, Audie Afenir doubled down the right field line to plate Joey Migliaccio and Sequeira, making it a 6-0 game.
The six-run inning was the second-biggest for ORU this season.
In the home half of the first, the scoring continued as the Islanders plated a pair of runs on a two-run single by Cody Stephens to cut the lead to 6-2.
ORU batted around for the second time in as many innings as six Golden Eagles came across the plate on seven hits in the second inning. Sequeira picked up an RBI double, Afenir tallied an RBI on a sacrifice fly, Healy singled in a run and Domenico brought home a run with a double to extend the Golden Eagle lead to 10-2.
Boss rounded out the scoring in the top of the second with a two-run single to center, giving him five RBI's through the first two half innings for the Golden Eagles.
The Islanders answered again in the bottom of the third as Brandon Tierney picked up a pair of RBI's on a single into right center and Tyler Ware followed with a fielder's choice that plated a run to make it 12-5.
Leading off the top of the third, Migliaccio extended the Golden Eagles lead to 13-5 with a solo blast into the parking lot beyond the right field wall, his first home run of the season.
Following a couple of scoreless half innings by both teams, the Islanders' Jordan Lee scored as Salas doubled down the third base line, cutting the lead to 13-6. But the Golden Eagles answered in the next half inning on an RBI single to left center by Domenico to score Sequeira, making it a 14-6 game.
In the bottom of the fifth, Gomez sat the Islanders down in order, the first time either squad went 1-2-3 in an inning.
The Golden Eagles added three runs in the top of the seventh to make it 17-6. Sequeira started the inning with a single and scored on an Afenir single that was bobbled by the Islander right fielder. Healy followed with a single to bring home Afenir, and Forcier singled home Healy, to make it a 17-6 game.
Jordan Romano entered in the bottom of the seventh to close the game in a non-save situation.
ORU looks to continue its midweek success on Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles host No. 21 Texas Tech at J.L. Johnson Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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