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All-Around Effort from ORU Upsets No. 11 Sooners, 3-2

All-Around Effort from ORU Upsets No. 11 Sooners, 3-2

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The Basics
Score: Oral Roberts 3 - No. 11 Oklahoma 2
Records: ORU (23-9) – OU (27-9)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)


TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team used an all-around performance to knock off 11th-ranked Oklahoma, 3-2, for a signature win Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium in front of a near-capacity crowd.


The Golden Eagles scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take control of the in-state matchup and even the season series against the Sooners. Noah Cummings delivered a two-run double to break a 1-0 deficit and Dylan Snypes dropped a sacrifice bunt to extend the lead to 3-1.


ORU's pitching staff made the margin stand turning in another impressive outing against the nationally-ranked Sooners. Three pitchers from the bullpen threw the final 4.2 innings shutting down OU by allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out seven, including all three in the ninth by Kyler Stout.


Quote of the Game
"We knew it was going to be a grind against their pitching staff and that we were going to have to take advantage of some opportunities. I thought our grit and our toughness throughout the game kind of carried over and got it done for us. I just want to say how nice it was to have this crowd here tonight; they made a difference. I want people to understand how big of a difference it is when we have a ballpark and an atmosphere like we did tonight, it was very special. It just felt like a regional-type atmosphere." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar


Turning Point

Trailing 1-0 after the Sooners scored in the top of the third on a passed ball, the Golden Eagles were able to ignite their offense in the fourth. Nick Roark hit a single into right before Cal Hernandez drew his 13th walk in the last 15 games with no outs. Cummings stepped to the plate and hit a liner to the wall in left center scoring both runners and putting ORU in front.


Inside the Box Score
- Roark continues to swing a hot bat from the lead-off position going 2-for-4 with a run scored. The junior is now 9-for-17 (.529) since the move to the top of the lineup.


- On his birthday, Cummings came through clutch as he has all season finishing 2-for-4 on the night with a run scored. The junior added to his Summit League-leading RBI total and now has 34 in 32 games played.


- Grant Glaze earned his second win of the year throwing 2.2 innings from the bullpen and help OU to only two base runners on a hit and a walk. The senior struck out three of the 10 batters he faced.


- Stout added to his league-best save total registering his sixth of the season throwing a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory. He fanned three of four hitters to lower his earned run average in 2017 to 0.47.


- Bryce Howe won a rematch against OU's hero from last week, Austin O'Brien, in the top of the eighth inning. The Claremore, Oklahoma, native forced a fly ball into right almost exactly a week after allowing the go-ahead grand slam in Norman, while pitching a perfect 1, 2, 3 inning.


- ORU starter Logan Michaels did not have his best stuff, but battled throughout his outing to limit a potent offense in 4.1 innings of work. He surrendered only one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts.


- The Golden Eagles have now won three-straight games over the Sooners at J.L. Johnson Stadium and out-hit the visitors 6-5. OU's Austin Hansen was charged with the loss, the first of his collegiate career, after entering the game with a perfect 7-0 mark.


Up Next

ORU plays its next seven games away from home starting with a Summit League series at Omaha April 14-15. The action gets underway Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.


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