Score: Oral Roberts 4 – South Dakota State 5
Records: ORU (23-22, 14-11 SL) – SDSU (25-18, 17-8 Summit League)
Location: Brookings, S.D. (Erv Huether Field)
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Oral Roberts baseball team saw a three-run lead slip away late as South Dakota State rallied in a 5-4 loss Friday evening at Erv Huether Field.
Back-to-back walks to Riley Keizor and Anthony Martinez started the third inning helping the Golden Eagles jump in front 1-0 as Hunter Wilson drove home a run on a sacrifice fly. ORU scored in four of five frames during the middle of the game using small ball to take a 4-1 advantage.
SDSU capitalized on two errors by ORU in the bottom of the seventh to score four times erasing the deficit. The Golden Eagles were able to put the lead-off runner on beginning the eighth and ninth as Isaac Coffey and Riley Keizor, respectively, singled. The potential tying run reached scoring position in both stanzas before the Jackrabbits closed out the series-opening victory, 5-4.
Quote of the Day
"I thought Josh was good and he competed well. Throughout those first six innings, we played well behind him too, but we had one bad inning and unfortunately that was the difference." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
With SDSU runners on the corners and one out in the seventh, a potential ground ball double play got away allowing the home side to cut the margin to 4-2. A single by the next batter plated a run and the tying run came home on the play as an ORU throwing error squibbed into the Jackrabbits dugout. The eventual winning marker crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly into center field as SDSU posted four of its five total runs in the inning.
Inside the Box Score
- Keizor and Andrew Pace led the offense tallying a pair of hits and a run scored and Pace hit a RBI single in the sixth. Keizor reached base three times also drawing a walk, while Martinez added a double and walk.
- Jake McMurray brought home two in the contest hitting a RBI groundout in the fifth and a sacrifice fly later in the seventh. Two of the Golden Eagles' four runs were scored via sacrifice flies.
- Josh McMinn was able to work out of early jams as the senior tossed 6.1 frames allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out four. Trey Wolf pitched the final five outs giving up two hits and fanned one.
The Golden Eagles and Jackrabbits are scheduled to continue the weekend series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., but rain in the forecast threatens changes to be made.
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