Score: Oral Roberts 7 – South Dakota State 8
Records: ORU (19-10, 9-2 SL) – SDSU (15-12, 6-5 SL)
Location: Erv Huether Field – Brookings, S.D.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A seesaw battle saw South Dakota State snap the Oral Roberts baseball team's nine-game winning streak in extra innings, 8-7, Saturday afternoon in walk-off fashion.
ORU jumped out early with a lead-off home run from Matt Whatley followed by a blast from Matt Brandy in the top of the first inning. The Golden Eagles belted four home runs – all solo shots – as both teams combined for 28 hits and five homers.
A single and a walk by the Jackrabbits set up a walk-off single by Al Robbins. The Golden Eagles made a play at the plate, but Reid Clary was able to slide in safely ahead of the tag and give SDSU an 8-7 win.
A one out walk and a single from South Dakota State brought Al Robbins to the plate. Robbins was able to lace a grounder up the middle as Clary was able to slide in safely ahead of the tag and give the Jackrabbits the walk-off win.
Oral Roberts: Derrian James went 2-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run. James also made a game-saving catch at the warning track in the bottom of the ninth.
SDSU: Al Robbins finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Jacobson also was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a home run.
Inside the Box Score
- The Golden Eagles saw their nine-game winning streak snapped with their first loss since March 18 at Texas Tech, 7-4.
- It was just the second extra inning game this season for ORU who are 1-1. It was also the third longest game this season at 3 hours and 33 minutes.
- It was the first time since March 2, 2012 against Alcorn State that the Golden Eagles hit four home runs in a game.
- Matt Whatley led-off the game with a home run making him the first ORU player to do so since Nate Goro did it at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on March 30, 2013. However, it was the second time this season Whatley hit a home run in the Golden Eagles' first at bat of the game as he led-off the bottom of the first against North Dakota State with a homer on March 14.
- Chase Stafford has reached base safely in 21 straight games as his streak is followed by Matt Brandy reaching safely in 19 straight.
- Brandy extended his hitting streak to seven straight games, the second longest of the season for the senior and third longest for the Golden Eagles.
- Matt Whatley belted the third pitch of the game over the centerfield wall to put ORU up 1-0 as he led off the game.
- Matt Brandy jumped on a full count to follow Whatley's lead with a one out homer to left giving the Golden Eagles a 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
- Paul Jacobson homered in the bottom of the first inning to pull SDSU within a run.
- Anthony Sequeira smashed his fourth home run of the season to give the Golden Eagles a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Whatley reached three batters later on an error that scored Derrian James to extend the lead to 4-1.
- The Jackrabbits added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single from Robbins to make it a 4-2 lead by the Golden Eagles.
- SDSU made it a one run game, 4-3, in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kjolsing reached on an error and scored Coppola. Just one batter later, Robbins tied the game on a RBI single into right field.
- James hit the fourth home run of the game for ORU in the sixth inning to make it 5-4. Whatley reached in the same inning to put ORU back up by two runs, 6-4, scoring James.
- A sacrifice fly from Jacobson pulled the Jackrabbits within a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for his second RBI.
- The Jackrabbits tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Schneider RBI single before a bases loaded walk to Coppola put SDSU up 7-6.
- ORU tied the game in the top of the ninth inning when Cummings doubled home James after he worked a two out walk.
- A one out walk and a single from South Dakota State brought Al Robbins to the plate. Robbins was able to lace a grounder up the middle as Clary was able to slide in safely ahead of the tag and give the Jackrabbits the walk-off win.
ORU and SDSU will meet in the rubber game Sunday at Erv Huether Field. First pitch on Easter Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.