Score: Missouri State 5 - Oral Roberts 0
Records: MSU (6-1) - ORU (3-4)
Location: Hammons Field - Springfield, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Four runs in the seventh and eighth innings of play powered No. 12 Missouri State past Oral Roberts Wednesday afternoon at Hammons Field, as the Bears defeated ORU, 5-0.
The Bears finished with three home runs on the day, including a two-run blast in the eighth.
Sophomore Matt Whatley led the way offensively for ORU, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
ORU picked up lone base hits in five of their first six innings, but could not string together multiple hits to get on the board.
The Golden Eagles (3-4) looked to have their best shot of something in the fifth as junior Trevin Sonnier put down a perfect bunt down the third base line to get on base with one out. He took second on a wild pitch, but was stranded on second following a pair of Missouri State strikeouts.
Missouri State (6-1) broke the scoreless streak in the bottom half of the fifth as Eduardo Castro sent a solo home run out to left center for his third homer of the season.
ORU looked to get a rally started in the seventh as Michael Hungate led off the inning with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but the Golden Eagles were unable to capitalize.
MSU's Spencer Johnson added on to the lead in the bottom of the seventh as he hit the Bears' second solo homer to left field to make it 2-0.
Preseason All-American Jake Burger double the Bear lead with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to make it, 4-0.
The Bears added an insurance run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly after a throwing error moved the runner to third in the previous at bat.
Oklahoma City native Josh McMinn (0-2) got the nod for the Golden Eagles on the mound. The freshman made his first start count, going six complete innings and allowing just four hits and one run. The right-hander did not allow a hit in the first three innings, striking out two and throwing 21-of-24 pitches for strikes in the loss.
Andy Cheray (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season for Missouri State. The lefty went six and a third innings, allowing six hits in the outing.
- McMinn went a career high six innings in the loss, striking out seven.
- Brent Williams, Whatley and Sonnier each extended their reached base streak to seven games, while Whatley pushed his hitting streak to a team-high six.
- The Bears outhit Oral Roberts, 8-7.
- McMinn collected the only strikeouts for ORU on the day.
The Golden Eagles will return to J.L. Johnson Stadium for a four-game series with Little Rock beginning Friday at 3 p.m. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, before wrapping up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
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