Score: North Dakota State 5 – Oral Roberts 6
Records: NDSU (11-14, 4-5 Summit League) – ORU (16-10, 7-2 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Nick Rotola's eighth-inning home run broke a deadlocked ballgame and gave the Oral Roberts baseball team a 6-5 win over North Dakota State Saturday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium to complete a weekend sweep in Summit League play.
The Golden Eagles struck for five runs in the second inning and looked to cruise to the victory, but the Bison did not go away quietly and answered with a four-run fourth before tying the game in the sixth.
ORU relied on its bullpen late and got key strikeouts to stop NDSU from taking a lead, while striking out 14 for the afternoon. The strikeouts helped the Golden Eagles build momentum leading to Rotola's second home run of the season.
Quote of the Day
"We got better this weekend and improved on some areas we needed to improve. We are not where we want to be yet, but this series was a step in the right direction. Logan Michaels stepped in and his performance was the difference in the ballgame coming in and swinging momentum back in our favor." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
With the game even at 5-5, Rotola did not wait in his lead-off chance in the bottom of the eighth sending the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left field to put the Golden Eagles on top, 6-5.
Inside the Box Score
- Nine different players recorded at least one hit on the day for ORU with Rotola and Brody Gibson pacing the squad with two hits.
- ORU scored five times in the second inning, all with two outs, as the rally was started by a flared double from Gibson beginning a stretch where seven-straight batters reached safely. Cal Hernandez added a RBI single before Noah Cummings hit a two-run double for a 4-0 lead and pinch hitter Alex Schmitz capped the frame with a RBI single to the gap in right center.
- Justin McGregor was excellent for the first three innings in the start before running into trouble in the fourth. He left the game after pitching 4.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, while matching his season high with seven strikeouts.
- The bullpen came through down the stretch as Colton Larkins, Harrison Smith, Logan Michaels, Grant Townsend and Kyler Stout all saw the mound in the final 4.1 innings. The group combined for seven strikeouts and just three hits with Townsend picking up his third win of the year.
- Stout struck out the side and was untouchable in the ninth inning closing out his league-leading seventh save of the year. It was the 75th all-time appearance for the senior as he moves into the top 10 in the NCAA this season in saves.
ORU is back in action at J.L. Johnson Stadium Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. with a matchup against in-state rival Oklahoma. Come to the stadium and support the Golden Eagles or follow along with a live broadcast on ESPN3.
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