CONWAY, Ark. - For the fourth time this season, and the second time in as many games, the Oral Roberts University baseball team fell in extra innings as Central Arkansas plated two late runs to defeat the Golden Eagles 2-1 in 10 innings.
ORU dropped back into ninth place as the Golden Eagle's record moved to 10-12 in the Southland Conference and 23-22 overall. The Bears improved to 23-19 overall and 11-11 in league play.
Tyler Boss was perfect at the plate with four hits and drove in the lone ORU run, improving his batting average to .369 this season. Emmanuel Forcier and Jose Trevino each had a pair of singles in the contest.
Golden Eagle starting pitcher Guillermo Trujillo didn't earn a decision following six shutout innings of work, allowing just three hits and stricking out three. Jacob McDavid pitched the seventh and eighth innings and struck out three, while Jordan Romano (2-4) took the loss after going 1.1 innings.
Bryce Biggerstaff (4-5) threw all 10 innings to earn the victory and struck out six Golden Eagles.
Chris Townsend had a hand in both UCA runs with the walk-off single and scored the tying run for the Bears. Townsend and Scott Zimerle each had two hits to lead the home team.
The Golden Eagles got on the board in the top of the third. Following back to back singles by Forcier and Logan Domenico, Boss sent a single through the left side to plate Forcier to make it a 1-0 game.
After struggling at the plate through the first eight innings, the Bears offense struck when it counted in the bottom of the ninth. With runners in scoring position and one out, Zimmerle singled through the left single to drive in Townsend from third.
Following a three-up, three-down inning for the Golden Eagles in the top of the 10th, the Bears put a pair of runners on in the home half of the inning, setting up an RBI single to left by Townsend to bring home Doug Votolato for the winning run.
ORU looks to even the series against the Bears on Saturday night as the two teams square off in game two at 7 p.m.
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