Score: Oral Roberts 3 – Omaha 4
Records: ORU (12-8, 3-1 SL) – UNO (7-13, 4-0 SL)
Location: Omaha, Neb. (Seymour Smith Park)
OMAHA, Neb. – The Oral Roberts baseball team scored twice in the top of the ninth, but could not rally past Omaha in a 4-3 loss Friday afternoon at Seymour Smith Park.
The Golden Eagles loaded the bases with one out, trailing the Mavericks by one, before back-to-back strikeouts ended the game in a battle of the lone unbeaten Summit League teams entering the series.
Noah Cummings belted a solo home run to put ORU on the scoreboard in the third inning and cut into an early deficit as Omaha put up a single run in the first and second innings. The margin grew to three as the home side scored again in the fifth and added the eventual winning run in the eighth.
Quote of the Day
"We didn't play well, period. We didn't handle the elements well, we didn't handle the moment well, and that was the difference. We have to play better, bottom line." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU built momentum with its back against the wall entering the ninth inning down 4-1. Jack Rosenberg led the frame with a walk and Alex Schmitz followed by lacing a single to right. Consecutive RBI singles off the bats of Jared Montoya and Nick Roark made things interesting as the Golden Eagles closed the gap to 4-3. A sacrifice bunt from Cal Hernandez moved the tying run to third and Omaha elected to intentionally walk Cummings loading the bases with one out. The Mavericks' closer, Tommy Steier, fanned the final two batters to take over sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Inside the Box Score
- Cummings led the offense with two hits, including his third home run of the campaign, as seven of the nine ORU starters tallied a hit.
- Roark stretched his team-high hitting streak to 14 games on his RBI single in the ninth and Spencer Henson reached base for the 20th time in 20 games this season.
- Grant Townsend pitched the final three innings from the ORU bullpen allowing one run on four hits, while striking out five. Starter Josh McMinn surrendered two earned runs on six hits in five innings of work.
- The Golden Eagles left 11 runners on base, including two in three of the first five frames, aided by six total walks.
ORU and Omaha face off again in game two of the weekend set Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Catch the action live on the ORU Sports Network with a live audio broadcast.
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