Score: Arizona State 4 - Oral Roberts 1
Records: ASU (35-22) – ORU (38-21)
Location: Lupton Stadium – Fort Worth, Texas
Box Score (PDF)
FORT WORTH, Texas – Oral Roberts saw its season come to an end Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth as the Golden Eagles dropped an elimination contest to second seed Arizona State, 4-1, at Lupton Stadium.
Sun Devils (35-22) right-hander Jordan Aboites pitched his first complete game of his career to secure ASU's first win in the Regional. The senior allowed nine hits to ORU but was able to work out almost every difficult situation he faced during the game.
Arizona State scored quickly after a leadoff walk to Greg Canning, who eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly.
Oral Roberts (38-21) looked to close the gap even further in the eighth inning as the team put three-straight runners on base with only one out, but were unable to score a run as ASU picked up a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.
Michael Hungate started the ninth with single to center for one of his three hits on the day before Nick Rotola doubled down the left field line with two outs to put the tying runner at the plate. But like his did for the majority of the game, Aboites and ASU were able to work around the baserunners and get out of the inning unscathed.
The Sun Devils doubled their lead in the fifth inning with one swing of the bat as Brian Serven sent a ball over the left field wall for the only home run of the day.
Inside The Box Score
- Arizona State now holds a 10-3 lead in the all-time series between the two programs.
- Matt Whatley and Michael Hungate each finished with a trio of hits on the day, while Noah Cummings went 2-for-4 with the only RBI of the game for ORU.
- Nick Wood was charged with the loss after allowing four runs in five innings. The redshirt senior fell to 6-3 on the year.
- Holden Cammack and Brady Womacks had scoreless outings out of the bullpen. Cammack went three innings allowing just one hit while Womacks pitched the ninth and did not allow a baserunner.
Head Coach Ryan Folmar
"Obviously a disappointing end, but I thought we played well enough at times for sure. Disappointing at times not with how our guys competed but we just came up a little bit short."
On the problem with stringing hits together
"We had a lot of trouble stringing those things together. We hit a lot of balls hard too. I thought we hit balls hard in big moments today, but it just wasn't falling for us for whatever reason. I think when you have those moments, you just have to grind through it and figure out a way to get some more. You score one run in 18 innings and that is just not going cut it. Like I told our guys, it is not because of a lack of effort. We played hard and we got after it. We just came up a little short and couldn't string it together."
On Arizona State pitcher Jordan Aboites
"I think one thing that he did really well is that he commanded the zone all day long. When it was strike one, as soon as we stepped in the box, he was able to command his breaking ball. When you are able to do those things, you are going to give a lot of people problems. Tip your hat to him because I thought he was outstanding in the way he competed and the way he pounded the zone and in the way he was commanded his breaking ball especially early in the game. He was good and he pitched well."
On Holden Cammack and Brady Womacks coming in
"They gave us a chance. They held it right there and those guys have been doing that all year long. Holden and Brady have kind of anchored the backend of our bullpen all year long. We knew we were going to have a chance to go to them today and give us a chance in the game. We had some opportunities late and we had a bunch of guys on base late but we just couldn't get that big one to get them going."
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