Game One Score: Omaha 7 – Oral Roberts 8
Game Two Score: Omaha 4 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: UNO (21-8-1, 13-1 SL) – ORU (15-17, 7-7 SL)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
TULSA, Okla. – Brody Gibson's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth in game one gave the Oral Roberts baseball team an 8-7 win over Omaha during a Friday doubleheader before the Mavericks claimed the night cap scoring late in a 4-2 decision at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Golden Eagles rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the opener tallying seven runs in the final three frames to hand the Summit League-leading Mavericks their first conference loss. Spencer Henson hit a three-run home run in the seventh before ORU evened the score in the eighth and closed out the win in the bottom of the ninth, 8-7, in dramatic fashion.
A pitcher's duel took over a fast-paced game two as starters Matt Gaskins and Payton Kinney went toe-to-toe tossing seven scoreless innings before Omaha cracked through in the eighth. It was a miscue defensively by ORU that extended a four-run frame and proved too much to overcome down the stretch in a 4-2 loss for the Golden Eagles.
Quote of the Day
"Matt Gaskins had a three pitch mix that he was throwing for strikes. Much better with strike one than he was last weekend. I thought he worked himself into some counts that allowed him to execute some pitches. We had a couple of double plays and a nice play in the outfield, but again it came down to getting in a game and just beating ourselves." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Game One Turning Point
Isaac Coffey led the ninth inning with a sharp single to right and moved to third as Andrew Pace smacked a double to the gap in right center. After an intentional walk to Hunter Swift loaded the bases, defensive replacement Brody Gibson stepped into the batter's box. The sophomore delivered in the clutch pushing a single to right allowing the winning run to cross home plate for the dramatic, come-from-behind victory.
Inside the Game One Box Score
- Riley Keizor reached base safely all four times to the plate going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The redshirt junior started the eighth-inning rally hitting a RBI single.
- Coffey continued his hot streak offensively in a 3-for-4 effort and also drew one of the team's eight walks. Hunter Wilson and Henson each added two hits, a walk and a run scored for the Golden Eagles.
- Pace and Swift worked their way on base behind two walks and both scored a run. Jake McMurray tallied a pinch-hit, RBI double in the eighth for the first extra-base hit of his ORU career.
- AJ Archambo earned the win on the mound throwing a perfect ninth inning after Josh McMinn went 5.1 innings in the start and fanned seven with six hits. Trey Wolf tossed 2.2 frames from the bullpen surrendering two runs, one earned, and struck out two during the middle innings.
Game Two Turning Point
Omaha used a double to open a four-run eighth and put another runner on base via a hit-by-pitch. A two-out, RBI single broke the 0-0 tie and the Mavericks stretched the lead to four on a three-run home run carried by the wind into the ORU bullpen in right.
Inside the Game Two Box Score
- Jake McMurray hit a pinch-hit home run to left, his first collegiate home run, trying to give ORU a spark in the eighth inning breaking Kinney's shutout bid.
- Blake Hall, Wilson and Coffey each registered a pair of hits in the game, while Coffey worked the team's only walk of the night. The freshman went on to add his fifth home run of the year leading-off the ninth inning.
- The Golden Eagles turned three, inning-ending double plays in the finale keeping the high-powered Mavericks at bay as Gaskins threw their first complete game of the campaign. The junior gave up four runs on 11 hits, only two of which went for extra bases, and struck out three.
- At 1 hour and 58 minutes, game two was the fastest contest of the year for ORU and only game to be played in less than two hours this season. It also marked Omaha's first-ever win at J.L. Johnson Stadium as ORU won the previous 13 meetings.
The Golden Eagles and Mavericks are slated to finish the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., but a storm system is expected to hit Tulsa meaning there is the chance of altering the schedule.
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