Score: Oral Roberts 2 – Western Illinois 5
Records: ORU (18-8, 7-1 SL) – WIU (7-17, 4-4 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team saw its nine-game win streak snapped falling 5-2 to Western Illinois Saturday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Leathernecks tallied two runs in the top of the sixth to erase a 1-1 tie and added two more in the seventh inning for their advantage, which held through to the final out. It was the Golden Eagles first loss in Summit League play this season.
ORU could not come through with timely hits, despite getting runners on base early in innings. Momentum did appear to be on the side of the home team as Sam Grellner led the fifth hitting a lead-off triple before Spencer Henson evened the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. The Leathernecks' starting pitcher, Preston Church, was able to end the threat and again limited the Golden Eagles to one run after the first two batters reached in the sixth.
Quote of the Game
"We got out played about every way you can. I thought that was the difference. There wasn't a lot of urgency to what we were doing. We didn't play the way we needed to play, that's the bottom line. We just have to regroup and come out tomorrow and play well." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
After the Golden Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Leathernecks tallied three-straight singles off ORU starter Josh McMinn. WIU regained the lead on a RBI single and added a two-out, bases-loaded walk to push the margin to 3-1 for the eventual winning run.
Inside the Box Score
- The Leathernecks' victory was just the second in program history in games played at J.L. Johnson Stadium, and first since 1998, as ORU holds a 41-2 record in home games against WIU.
- McMinn (4-2) was charged with his second loss of the year after picking up the win in each of his last three starts. The sophomore gave up three runs on seven hits over a five-inning outing.
- Bill Lovvorn made another scoreless appearance from the ORU bullpen throwing 1.2 innings allowing just one base runner on a hit-by-pitch. The senior from Fort Smith, Arkansas, has now pitched 10-consecutive innings without surrendering a run scored.
- Grellner was the only Golden Eagle to record a multi-hit effort going 2-for-4 with his first-career triple that landed at the base of the wall in right center.
- Henson made his first collegiate start for the Golden Eagles tallying a RBI sacrifice fly with a line drive in the fifth inning. The freshman also drew two walks and did not record an official at bat.
- The two runs scored by the ORU offense matched a season-low, tying a two-run performance March 15 at home against Kansas.
ORU and WIU close the weekend series in the rubber game Sunday morning as potential storms have pushed the start time to 11 a.m. Catch all the action at J.L. Johnson Stadium with live video, audio and stats at www.ORUAthletics.com.
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