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Wind Gusts Patriots Past Golden Eagles in Series Finale

Wind Gusts Patriots Past Golden Eagles in Series Finale

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The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 5 – No. 16 Dallas Baptist 13
Records: ORU (9-6) – DBU (10-5)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)


TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team could not overcome a disastrous middle frame falling in the series finale to No. 16 Dallas Baptist 13-5 Monday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.


With a rare north wind blowing strong to center field, the game featured six home runs for the two sides, but four of those were for the Patriots as the visitors claimed the series victory. DBU used two home runs in a seven-run fourth inning to turn an early one-run advantage into a lopsided score.


Michael Hungate led the Golden Eagles offensively with two hits and an RBI, while Matt Whatley added two RBI for the Golden Eagles in the loss.


Quote of the Game
"We have to find some good innings at the beginning of games. We have been playing from behind a bunch and when you do that constantly against good teams you are going to be in trouble at some point. We got in trouble early again and were not able to recover." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar


Turning Point
The Patriots broke open the rubber game scoring seven times in the fourth inning of a 2-1 ballgame. DBU continued to hit the long ball posting two home runs in the frame, including a two-out, three-run shot from Devlin Granberg to take control of the matinee making it a 9-1 advantage for the visitors.


Inside the Box Score
- Miguel Ausua (2-2) allowed three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings as the starter for ORU before giving way to the bullpen.


- Nick Rotola belted a one-out double into left center in the third and later scored on Nick Roark's RBI groundout that cut the DBU lead to 2-1 as the Golden Eagles were able to keep it close early.


- Whatley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a solo home run in the fifth after Noah Cummings blasted his team-leading fifth round tripper of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning.


- Kyler Stout loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but was able to escape without a run scored before Evan Eubanks threw a perfect ninth from the ORU bullpen striking out a pair.


Up Next
ORU continues its homestand Wednesday night hosting Kansas for its final non-conference matchup before Summit League play begins next weekend. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. with the inaugural ESPN3 broadcast to take place at J.L. Johnson Stadium.


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