Score: Fort Wayne 1 – Oral Roberts 11 (8 innings)
Records: FW (6-23, 2-12 Summit League) – ORU (19-13, 10-4 Summit League)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Miguel Ausua was one out away from a no-hitter Saturday en route to an 11-1, run-rule victory for the Oral Roberts baseball team over Fort Wayne at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Ausua saw his no-hitter broken in the top of the seventh on a two-out double to left that brought home a run and snapped his shutout bid. The senior finished tossing seven complete innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out six.
Brody Gibson capped the victory in walk-off fashion as he laced a single up the middle scoring Trevor McCutchin from second. ORU tallied 16 hits in the contest led by three-hit efforts from Nick Rotola and Spencer Henson.
The Golden Eagles broke the contest open in the middle innings scoring four times in the fifth before adding three more runs in the sixth for a commanding 10-0 advantage.
Quote of the Day
"Miguel competed well and commanded his stuff all afternoon. I think more than anything he understood the conditions today and that the ball was not carrying very well, so try to go out there and fill up the strike zone. That's exactly what he did." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU took control of the game in the bottom of the first inning totaling two runs giving Ausua the chance to pitch with immediate run support. Nick Roark hit the first of his two doubles in the game leading things off before the Mastodons struck out back-to-back batters. Three-straight singles from Henson, Riley Keizor and Rotola brought home two, two-out runs as the offense quickly jumped in front of Fort Wayne.
Inside the Box Score
- Ausua walked the first Mastodon batter he faced and settled into a groove from there facing one more than the minimum until a two-out walk in the seventh. The Penuelas, Puerto Rico, native had a two-strike count on the potential final batter, but a line drive double scored a two-out walk from first snapping his no-hit and shutout bid. Ausua did pick up his fifth win of the season taking over the wins lead in The Summit League.
- Rotola continued his impressive series by going 3-for-4 and a career-high four RBI. He registered a RBI single in the first and added a two-run double with the bases loaded in the fifth.
- Henson finished the game 3-for-4 hitting a RBI single in the first with a RBI double in the sixth. The sophomore also scored two runs.
- Kyler Stout pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief of Ausua striking out a pair.
The Golden Eagles and Mastodons meet for the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as ORU goes for the weekend sweep at J.L. Johnson Stadium with live coverage available on the ORU Sports Network.
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