TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team intentionally put together a tough schedule, and when a team wins 40 games during the season you expect a few big names to fall, but few could have predicted the kind of success that the Golden Eagles put up against the Big 12 this season.
ORU's first try this year came on the road in Norman. A scoreless game after six innings, ORU exploded for three runs in the seventh and added one each in the eighth and ninth innings to win 5-1. With the seven scoreless innings to start the game against the Sooners, ORU ran it to 30 straight innings against OU without allowing a run, including both games last season.
Down 6-0 after four innings, ORU rallied with five runs in the sixth and two runs in the 11th to beat Texas Tech in Lubbock March 17, Coach Ryan Folmar's first victory over Tech—but not his last.
The lone Big 12 loss of the season came the following day in Lubbock when the Golden Eagles hit into five double plays and fell 7-4.
All-American Anthony Sequeira was the hero March 31 as he had the game-winning RBI double in the eighth and then earned the save on the mound to beat Oklahoma State in front of a crowd of more than 2,100 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
A late addition to the schedule, Texas Tech came to Tulsa April 7, still ranked in the top 20. As they did all season, the Golden Eagles rallied late, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win it 5-4. This time, it was Academic All-Summit League selection Derrian James who had the clutch hit, pounding a two-out double into left-center for the go-ahead RBIs.
The final Big 12 contest of the season was a trip to Stillwater to face the Cowboys who had moved up to No. 10 in the national rankings. With revenge from the earlier contest on their minds, the Cowboys scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab an early lead. Those thoughts of revenge were quickly dispelled as ORU scored nine runs in the top of the second. If that weren't enough, ORU added six more in the third and the outcome was never in doubt. Freshman All-American Matt Whatley was 4-for-6 in the game, while Yankees' draft pick Audie Afenir had six RBIs thanks in large part to a grand slam.
The Big 12 wasn't the only conference to suffer against the ORU offense. The Golden Eagles only lost two midweek games all season, and finished with a 41-16 record and 25-5 Summit League mark. ORU finished the season with a .320 batting average, second in the nation.
W (5-1) at Oklahoma | Recap | Box Score
W (9-7) at No. 12 Texas Tech | Recap | Box Score
L (4-7) at No. 12 Texas Tech | Recap | Box Score
W (4-2) vs No. 11 Oklahoma State | Recap | Box Score | Photos | Video
W (5-4) vs. No. 19 Texas Tech | Recap | Box Score | Photos | Video
W (15-5) at No. 10 Oklahoma State | Recap | Box Score | Photos
This is the eighth of 15 editions of the #TopORUMoments from 2014-15 as selected by the ORU Media Relations Department and a social media poll.
Top Moments from 2014-15
#15 – BSB – ORU Sweeps Postseason Awards
#14 – VB – Milos Named Newcomer of the Year
#13 – BSB – Chi Chi Makes History
#12 – WBB – Postseason Run
#11 – WGOLF – Acosta Named Golfer of the Year
#10 – MBB – Postseason Berth
#9 -- WSOC -- Cox Named Academic All-American
#8 – BSB – ORU Dominates Big 12 Opponents
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