ORU Baseball Splits Doubleheader
The Oral Roberts baseball team was shocked in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday after at Southeast Missouri State, losing game two on a suicide squeeze.
The Golden Eagles dropped the contest in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5, after winning game one, 4-3.
Nate Goro had a big afternoon. The senior reached base four times, all on hits, and scored twice. Chris Williams also added three hits in the doubleheader, including a double in game two.
ORU moves its record to 5-5 on the season. They take the field again on Tuesday as they travel to Wichita State.
Controversy became the story of the bottom of the sixth inning in the second contest. With the bases loaded full of Redhawks, Andy Lennington pulled the pitch down the left field line. The home plate umpired ruled that the ball bounced over the third base bag, making it a fair ball, clearing the bases.
Lennington advanced to third on the throw home from the Golden Eagle outfield. Dalton Hewitt stepped in and drove Lennington with a sacrifice fly to left field for the go-ahead run.
The Golden Eagles retook the lead in the top of the eighth inning as the Redhawks walked Williams, Healy and Goro. Denny Clement entered the game to run for Clement, scoring with Healy just behind him on a two-run single up the middle by Domenico.
Lennington struck again in the bottom of the ninth, placing the ball in the right-center field gap. Hewitt stepped in and laid down a bunt to move Lennington over, but an throwing error by the ORU pitcher allowed Linnington to come across to tie the game.
Clayton Evans entered as a pinch hitter following Hewitt, reaching on a bunt single. The bases were eventually loaded as Josh Meade drew an intentional walk with no outs.
Brad Fisher who entered the game to begin the ninth struck out Tyler Boxwell for the first out of the inning.
Unfortunately, Branden Boggetto caught the Golden Eagles off guard, laying down a suicide squeeze to push in Hewitt from third.
Fisher earns his second loss of the season.
Called upon for his first start of the season, Drew Bowen threw a perfect two innings, striking out a batter.
Just like in game one, the Golden Eagles broke the game open with three runs on two hits and one Redhawk error in the top of the third.
Goro led the inning off with a single through the hole on the right side of the infield, moving to second on a wild pitch just before Domenico drew a walk. The third batter of the inning, Kevin Cho, laid down his eighth sacrifice of the season.
However, the Redhawk catcher threw the ball over the first baseman's head, allowing Goro to score and Domenico moved to third. Jose Trevino quickly pushed Domenico in with a deep fly ball to center for his sixth run batted in of the season.
Cho eventually stole second just before Matt Brandy drew a walk. Two batters later, Williams pulled a ball down the third base line for his second double of the season, scoring Cho from second, expanding the ORU lead to 3-0.
After the first inning of the afternoon, the Golden Eagles found themselves looking up at the Redhawks in the run column. On the second pitch from Gavin Glanz, Jason Blum got a hold of a pitch and sent it over the left-center field wall for a solo homerun.
Glanz (1-1) eventually earned the victory in the game, going six innings and striking out five. Phillip Wilson pitched a perfect seventh inning, before giving way to Alec Smith (1) who picked up a two-inning save.
In the top of the third inning, the Golden Eagles plated three runs to take the lead. Brandon Healy led the inning off with a double down the right field line, moving over to third on a groundout before scoring on a single past the shortstop from Graham McIntyre.
With two outs, and Matt Brandy standing on first following a walk, Saturday afternoon's hero Tyler Boss doubled to left center to clear the bases, giving the Golden Eagles the lead, 3-1.
In the Golden Eagle half of the fourth inning, ORU added an insurance run as Domenico lined out to deep center with the bases loaded, allowing Nate Goro to score from third.
The final two Redhawk runs came in the bottom of the fourth and in the final half inning.
In the second half of the fourth, the Redhawks plated a run with the help of back-to-back doubles to begin the inning. Cole Bieser got the Redhawk half of the fourth going with a double down the left field line, scoring quickly as Derek Gibson sent the first pitch to the wall in left center.
SEMO added its second solo shot of the after in the final half inning coming off the bat of Matt Tellor.