A big first inning carried the Oral Roberts baseball team on Friday night as they rolled past conference leading Southeastern Louisiana at J.L. Johnson Stadium, 6-2.
With the support of the offense, junior Alex Gonzalez struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in seven innings to earn the win, his fourth of the season. The nine strikeouts for Gonazalez gives him 240 in his career at ORU. He ties Stockton Davis (1999-02) for the eighth most in school history.
The Golden Eagles (10-22, 5-5) snap a six game losing skid, while the Lions (23-12, 7-3) drop their second straight Southland Conference contest. Both squads face off in game two of the weekend series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.
Following a three hit game this past Tuesday against Oklahoma State, Kevin Cho continued his hot hitting with a single up the middle to get the game started for the Golden Eagles. Matt Brandy followed with a double off the base of the wall in right-center and Cho eventually scored on a groundout off the bat of Logan Domenico.
Jose Trevino followed with the first of two hits for the sophomore in the contest with a single to right to score Brandy. The hit parade continued as Tyler Boss singled to center.
Chris Williams quickly expanded the Golden Eagle lead, following Nate Goro who reached on a fielder's choice, by sending a shot over the wall in left field for a three-run home run. It was Williams' fourth homer of the season.
Williams was the sixth ORU runner to cross the plate, doing so in the bottom of the sixth. The senior first baseman started the inning with a double to right-center and advanced to third on a single from Brandon Healy.
Austen Colt then stepped in and hit a deep fly ball to left, allowing Williams enough time to score.
Williams, Trevino, Boss and Colt all had two-hit ball games for the Golden Eagles, while Williams led the Golden Eagles with three runs batted in. Seven of the nine batters in the ORU lineup reached safely with hits.
With the effectiveness of Gonzalez in the game, the Lions were unable to get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning. Ladd Rhodes was hit by a pitch, Ben Hernandez drew a walk and Harry Slade singled to the load the bases with no outs in the inning.
Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, a sacrifice fly from Sam Roberson, that scored Rhodes, was all the damage that was done. The next Lion grounded to Nate Goro at short, he ran over and touched second, then sent the ball to first for a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eight, with the bases loaded for the Lions, Slade grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that allowed Kyle Cedotal to scored.
Hernandez, Slade, Cedotal and Jameson Fisher had the four hits in the game for the Lions.