ORU Baseball Drops Heartbreaker At Baylor

The Golden Eagles were unable to hold a 2-1 eighth-inning lead as they fall to Baylor 3-2 in the opening game of a three game series.

Baylor (1-0) was down to their final five outs when Lars Liguori (0-1) walked Cal Towey, who advanced to second with a wild pitch from the senior reliever. Towey then scored the tying run when catcher Josh Ludy hit an RBI doubled over the head of Austin Colt in right field. Ligouri walked Junior Max Muncy before Rob Walton replaced him with closer Matt Rush.

Rush intentionally walk junior Logan Vick, loading the bases for pinch hitter Michael Howard.{}{}Rush was unable to record the out and walked Howard to give the Bears the 3-2 lead. Rush would work his way out of the bases-loaded jam, but not before the damage was done. Ludy led Baylor with two hits and two RBI, both were runs scored by Towey (2-2 with two walks). The Baylor bullpen was led by Trent Blank, who relieved Starter Josh Turley (4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and picked up the win with one hit in 3.1 innings of work. Dillion Newman recorded the save for Baylor by pitching a hitless ninth-inning.

ORU (0-1) was unable to repeat last season's opening day game, when they defeated Baylor 7-3.

The Golden Eagles got out to the early lead when Brandon King drew a walk to start the fifth-inning, followed by a line drive from junior Chris Williams to put ORU in scoring position. A bunt by catcher Bennett Pickar and error by first baseman Max Muncy scored King from third to give ORU the 1-0 lead. Newcomer-shortstop Nate Goro knocked in his first RBI of the season with a single to center to score Williams and ORU took a 2-0 advantage with two on and one out in the top of the fifth. The Golden Eagles were unable to make anything else happen in the inning and it would prove to be their last serious offensive threat for the remainder of the game.

ORU received a strong effort from their starter Drew Bowen, who went five innings and gave up just three hits. He left the game with a 2-0 lead and was replaced by senior Joe Spring, who pitched 2.1 innings with two hits and one run.

Baylor scored their first run off Spring in the sixth when Towey led off with a walk, advanced to second off a single by Muncy Ludy's single into center field drove in Towey to cut the lead to 2-1. Spring would settle down to finish the sixth and seventh inning without allowing another hit.

The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, as Summit League Pitcher of the Year Alex Gonzalez takes on Baylor's Max Garner.