Score: Oral Roberts 14 – Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (8 innings)
Records: ORU (22-18, 13-8 SL) – PFW (5-36, 0-21 SL)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mastodon Field)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Isaac Coffey's career day on the mound helped the Oral Roberts baseball team to a one-hit shutout of Purdue Fort Wayne in a 14-0 win in eight innings Sunday at Mastodon Field.
Coffey limited the Mastodons to one hit over seven impressive innings and struck out a career-high eight batters before AJ Archambo tossed a perfect final frame. The Golden Eagles closed out a weekend sweep of the Mastodons in run-rule fashion putting down the last 19 batters of the contest.
ORU left five runners on base in the first two innings before breaking through in the third as Drew Lowe dropped in a two-run single to right to take an early advantage. The offense continued to find its rhythm as the game moved along scoring 12 runs in the final three innings, including nine in the eighth, for the shutout.
Quote of the Day
"I thought Isaac was about as sharp as he's been all year long. He was able to establish strike one and command his breaking ball. It was really good to see him get going a little bit and he's starting to get better at the right time of year." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
ORU got on the board in the third as Spencer Henson earned a lead-off walk and Coffey hit a single back up the middle. Henson collided with the Purdue Fort Wayne second baseman, but both runners reached safely. Blake Hall dropped down a sacrifice bunt allowing the runners to advance into scoring position. Lowe fought off a two-out, two-strike pitch sending a two-run single into shallow right field putting the Golden Eagles up 2-0.
Inside the Box Score
- Coffey allowed both base runners against in the second inning, but a caught stealing erased the first Mastodon on the base paths. The freshman went on to retire the next 16 hitters on his way to a career-high seven innings and eight strikeouts. He also had a hit, run scored and a walk offensively.
- Henson ended the day 2-for-3 at the plate hitting a RBI single in the sixth and drew three of ORU's 15 free passes before blasting his 11th home run of the year, a three-run shot in the eighth. He scored three runs, tallied four RBI and swiped a base.
- Lowe made the most of his start in right field going 1-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and stolen base, while catching three fly balls for the defense. Anthony Martinez blasted a two-run triple to the warning track in left field as the Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 5-0 in the seventh.
The Golden Eagles return home to face in-state rival Oklahoma State Tuesday night live on ESPN+ and KGEB TV-53/CoxHD. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. with post-game fireworks to follow at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
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