Score: Missouri State 1 – Oral Roberts 3
Records: MSU (15-9) – ORU (17-7)
Location: Springfield, Mo. (Hammons Field)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Backed by a brilliant pitching performance from Logan Michaels, the Oral Roberts baseball team shut down Missouri State in a 3-1 road victory Tuesday night at Hammons Field for its eighth-straight win.
Michaels set a career high striking out eight batters over six innings and allowed just three hits to a potent Bears' offense to earn the win. He allowed only one, unearned run moving to 3-1 for the season and the bullpen was just as dominant to finish off the regional matchup.
On a cool night with a strong wind blowing in, the two teams combined for just 10 hits, nine of which went for singles, as the mid-week contest turned into a pitcher's duel. It was the second-fewest hits allowed by the Golden Eagles' pitching staff as five pitchers held MSU to four hits.
Quote of the Game
"We talk about winning in different ways and you beat a good club by really shutting them down. I thought Logan was really good and that was an exceptional outing for him. Then we got good bullpen work. Taylor came in and did his thing and then Bill gets a huge out for us against a really good hitter in a crucial moment in the game. Trevor and Kyler threw the ball well in the ninth as that was a great effort on the mound." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU scored twice in the third inning to quickly erase a 1-0 deficit after the Bears opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Cal Hernandez drew a one-out walk before Dylan Snypes sent a single through the infield. Nick Roark walked to load the bases and Matt Whatley followed suit by walking home the tying run. Noah Cummings lifted a sacrifice fly into left field for the eventual winning run as Michaels and the bullpen threw seven-straight scoreless innings.
Inside the Box Score
- Michaels was in command from the opening batter getting a quick first inning with a pair of strikeouts. His only blemish came unearned in the second inning after issuing a lead-off walk as he matched the longest outing of his ORU career. The junior also picked off a runner at first in a critical moment early as MSU threatened.
- Taylor Varnell was the first pitcher from the bullpen and went 1.2 innings as he works back to form since returning from injury. Bill Lovvorn came through with the third out in the eighth getting the Bears' top hitter and future 1st-round draft pick, Jake Berger, to strike out as the potential tying run.
- Kyler Stout recorded the final three outs of the game for his third save of the year. The junior forced a clutch double play with two runners on base and no outs in the ninth.
- Whatley led the ORU offense going 2-for-3 on the night and drew his team-leading 21st walk of the season. Hernandez came through from the ninth spot in the lineup going 1-for-3 and added a run scored and a RBI to close the scoring in the fourth.
- Snypes and Michael Hungate both extended their hit streaks for the Golden Eagles moving to 15 and 13 games, respectively.
ORU returns to Summit League action hosting Western Illinois for a three-game series March 31-April 2. The weekend gets started Friday night under the lights of J.L. Johnson Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Heroes Night. All active military, veterans and first responders (fire, police, EMS) receive free admission and will be honored for Iannelli Night, in memory of former ORU baseball player Ryan Iannelli.
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