Game One Score: North Dakota State 2 – Oral Roberts 5
Game Two Score: North Dakota State 2 – Oral Roberts 6
Records: NDSU (11-13, 4-4 Summit League) – ORU (15-10, 6-2 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts baseball team got timely hitting and impressive pitching Saturday to take both games of a Summit League doubleheader against North Dakota State winning 5-2 and 6-2 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles used great efforts from starting pitchers Josh McMinn and Miguel Ausua to limit the Bison offensively to two runs and six hits in each game, while their offense turned in four, multi-run innings to provide enough run support.
ORU scored five unanswered runs in game one, including three in the third inning on a home run by Noah Cummings. A three-run first inning in the twin-bill finale gave the home side an early lead and three insurance runs in the eighth helped close out the doubleheader sweep.
Quote of the Day
"I think we got a couple hits when we needed to. Cal did some special things at the plate today and then we got a big swing from Noah in a big moment. The top of our lineup today was really, really good." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, the Golden Eagles struck for three runs in the frame, all with two outs, to take the lead and never looked back. Nick Roark was hit by a pitch before Cal Hernandez laced a single to right leading up to the big swing from Cummings. The Alpine, California, native turned on an inside fastball and sent a towering three-run home run to left turning momentum to ORU.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Cummings took over the home run and RBI lead for The Summit League with his fifth long ball of the campaign. The senior finished the game going 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate and moved into sole possession of 8th on the all-time RBI list for ORU history.
- Cal Hernandez led the offense with three hits and added two RBI as he now has an 11-game hit streak with multiple hits in each of his last five outings.
- McMinn lasted six strong innings in the start for the Golden Eagles and had a lead when he departed for just the second time this season. The junior allowed four hits and two runs on the day and struck out a season-high six batters, including four looking, for his first win.
- Grant Townsend pitched two innings of scoreless relief giving up two hits, while striking out three.
- Stout closed out the first game of the twin bill by facing the minimum in the ninth, despite a lead-off walk, moving his league-leading save total to six. Cummings helped his teammate end the game as he doubled-up a runner at first for the final outs.
Game Two Turning Point
The Golden Eagles did not waste any time getting the offense going in game two as the first four batters reached via a hit. Roark and Hernandez led the frame with singles and Cummings added a RBI double before Spencer Henson ripped a two-run single to right center giving Ausua and ORU the cushion it needed to take down the Bison.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Ausua was at his best for ORU throwing seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He struck out four as he matched his longest out of the season.
- Offensive production came throughout the lineup as eight different players recorded a hit totaling 11 for the contest and the top six guys in the order each scored a run.
- Henson delivered a two-run single in the first during a 2-for-3 effort, while Hernandez and Nick Rotola also added two hits for ORU.
- Alex Schmitz brought home insurance runs during the three-run eighth inning lining a pinch-hit, two-run single into right center with the bases loaded.
- Brady Womacks pitched the final two innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits to earn his first save of the year, and first since May 28, 2016, in a game that clinched The Summit League tournament title.
The Golden Eagles and Bison are scheduled to close the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., but potential thunderstorms could force a change. Catch the action live from J.L. Johnson Stadium with a free broadcast on ESPN3.
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