Score: Oral Roberts 2 – Fort Wayne 3
Records: ORU (33-18, 22-6 Summit League) – Fort Wayne (11-35, 7-21 Summit League)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mastodon Field)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Harrison Smith launched a solo home run leading off the third inning to get the Oral Roberts baseball team on the board early before Fort Wayne rallied back scoring twice in the ninth in a 3-2 loss on the road Thursday at Mastodon Field.
The Golden Eagles let a two-run advantage slip away after the Mastodons scored a run in the sixth with the bases loaded. Fort Wayne then took advantage of two errors in the final frame to plate a pair of unearned markers.
Nick Rotola recorded three hits and a run scored on the afternoon, while Spencer Henson continued his torrid pace against opposing pitchers. The sophomore registered a pair of infield singles and added to his Summit League-leading RBI total in the third with his 47th of the season.
Quotes of the Day
"We didn't do enough offensively throughout the game there. It was going to be tough to score and we knew that. The bad part is we played terrible defensively. I thought we pitched well enough to get it done, but the other two phases were not good enough." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU could not put away the home side in the ninth as the Mastodons led the inning with a bloop single to center. An error on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed the next batter to reach before another bunt moved the pair into scoring position. A high chopper brought home the tying run, but it was overthrown at first giving Fort Wayne the winning run.
Inside the Box Score
- Smith belted his third home run of the year on the second pitch of the third as the Golden Eagles raced out to a 2-0 advantage. The senior added a single in the top of the ninth going 2-for-4.
- Rotola stretched his hitting streak to 13 games posting his team-leading ninth game with three or more hits.
- Ausua held the Mastodons to only two base runners over the opening four innings, while McGregor struck out five in four frames.
ORU and Fort Wayne continue the weekend series Friday afternoon at Mastodon Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. (CT) live on the ORU Sports Network.
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