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ORU Completes Sweep of Omaha with 14-6 Victory

ORU Completes Sweep of Omaha with 14-6 Victory

The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 14 – Omaha 6
ORU 17-9 (8-1 SL) – UNO 13-11 (6-3 SL)
Location: J.L. Johnson Stadium – Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team blasted 19 hits and earned the series sweep of Omaha Sunday afternoon with a 14-6 victory. The 19 base hits by the Golden Eagles are the most since 2011.

ORU scored at least one run in six different innings, including three runs in the fifth and five in the sixth after Omaha had tied the game 5-5. Audi Afenir led the way for ORU with four hits in his first four at-bats of the game, knocking in four runs giving him eight RBI for the series.  Matt Whatley and Matt Brandy each had three hits in the game, with Brandy scoring three times. 10 different batters had at least one base hit in the game, including a pinch hit RBI single by Mason Mantle in his second at-bat of the season.

Kurt Giller earned the victory on the mound, despite giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Colin Hightower, Jacob McDavid and Cale Tims closed the game out, combining to give up just two hits the rest of the way.

Alex Schultz was one of three Mavericks to have multiple hits in the game and had a two-run home run and three RBI for the game. Alex Mortensen also went deep, the first home run of the season for both players.

Cole Volkers came into the game in relief and took the loss, getting hit with four runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.

Turning Point
After giving up a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game, the Golden Eagles answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Afenir led the way with four hits and four RBI, while Brandy scored three times.
Omaha: Schultz, Mortensen and Daniel Jewett each had multi-hit games for the Mavericks.

Inside the Box Score
- Afenir had four RBI in the win, giving him eight in the last two games.
- Despite scoring 14 runs, the second most this season, ORU left a season high 15 runners on base.
- Whatley stole a pair of bases and is now 8-9 in stolen bases on the season, the most on the team.
- Chase Stafford had an infield single to aid a fifth-inning rally and moved his on-base streak to 19 straight games.
- Brandy and Afenir each moved their on-base streaks to 16 games.

Scoring Summary
- ORU continued to have success with two outs, stringing together three straight two-out singles in the first inning to plate the first run of the game. Afenir earned the RBI, sending a single through the left side to score Brandy from second to give ORU a 1-0 lead in the first inning. ORU had seven two-out runs in Saturday's victory.
- With the bases loaded after a walk, Nick Roark drew a second consecutive walk to score Anthony Sequeira and give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 advantage.
- After a leadoff walk to Mortensen, the Mavericks were able to work the runner around and score their first run of the game on a groundout, making it 2-1.
- The Golden Eagles got the run back in the third inning as Dean Wilson came through with another two-out hit, scoring Afenir from second on a single to left field.
- Omaha tied the game 5-5 with a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fifth inning.
- The tie was short-lived though, as ORU got another two out hit, this one from Sequeira with the bases loaded to score two and make it 7-5.
- Afenir followed suit with an RBI single to centerfield to increase the ORU lead to 8-5 after five innings.
- Another big in the bottom of the sixth gave ORU a 13-5 lead. Roark led the inning off with a single and Wilson drew a walk. Emmanuel Forcier laid down a sacrifice bunt and his speed forced an errant throw to score the first run of the inning.
- A single up the middle by Whatley and a line drive off the pitcher resulted in another run to give ORU the 11-5 advantage.
- Afenir polished off the inning with his fourth hit of the game, knocking in two runs on a single through the left side to make it 13-5.
- Mason Mantle's pinch hit single in the seventh scored Wilson from third, the third straight single to start the inning.

Up Next
ORU stays at home for a midweek battle against Oklahoma State Tuesday. First pitch from J.L. Johnson Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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