Late inning runs by Sam Houston State on Saturday doomed the Oral Roberts University baseball team as the Golden Eagles dropped game two of the Southland Conference series 2-1 against the Bearkats.
ORU fell one game behind the Bearkats in the conference standings with a 4-7 SLC record as the Golden Eagles moved to 14-15 overall this season. SHSU improved to 20-11 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Guillermo Trujillo had a good showing in the start on the mound for ORU, but was unable to get a decision in 6.2 innings of work with six strikeouts. Jordan Romano (1-2) entered in the top of the seventh with two outs, striking out three in the final 2.1 innings, but took the loss.
SHSU starting pitcher Jason Simms (2-2) threw a complete game, allowing a run on six hits and struck out six. Carter Burgess scored both runs for the Bearkats, finishing with two hits, including a double.
All six of the Golden Eagle hits in the game came in the first five innings, with Anthony Sequeira and Logan Domenico each reaching safely twice. Domenico drew a walk to start the bottom of the first and scored on a wild pitch to give the Golden Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
It was the fourth time in five games Domenico had started the game for the Golden Eagles by reaching base and scoring.
Following a single by Domenico in the bottom of the fifth, the Golden Eagles were kept off the base paths in the final 4.2 innings of the game.
Burgess scored for the first time in the game in the seventh inning as he singled and eventually scored on a pinch hit single by Ryan Farney to right field to tie the game at one.
In the top of the ninth, Burgess came up big again for the Bearkats, ripping a double down the left field line to start the inning. Two batters later, Dylan Ebbs singled to right to bring Burgess home as the winning-run.
ORU and SHSU will battle for the series victory in the rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.