Red Raiders Rip ORU To Clinch Series In Lubbock
A home run in the sixth inning was too much for the Oral Roberts University baseball team to overcome as they fell in game two of a three-game set at Texas Tech, 7-2. The Golden Eagles dropped to 1-5 on the season, while the Red Raiders improved to 5-1 overall.
Emmanual Forcier and Matt Brandy each had RBI singles in the game, while Tyler Boss had the lone extra-base hit for ORU in the contest, as double. Joey Migliaccio and Austen Colt each added singles.
Guillermo Trujillo (0-1) took the loss in his second start of the season as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Trujillo stuck our four batters in the contest, including all three Red Raiders in the bottom of the fifth. Kyler Stout made his ORU debut and held the Red Raiders hitless in their final two innings with two strikeouts.
Taking the ball to start for Tech was Matt Withrow who struck out six Golden Eagle batters in five innings. Corey Taylor (1-0) entered in the top of the sixth and earned the victory.
Much like Friday's contest, Tech started the game with an early an 1-0 lead after the first inning of play. Ryan Long led off with a single to right center that the skirted under Logan Domenico's glove, allowing him to go to second. Two batters later, he scored on a Jake Barrios groundout.
In the top of the third, ORU tied the game as Brandon Healy walked and scored on a Brandy single to right.
Unfortunately, the Red Raiders broke the game open in the top of the sixth. After two straight singles by Barrios and Eric Gutierrez, followed by a Adam Kirsh walk to load the bases, Tyler Neslony struck with his second grand slam of the season into the right field bullpen to give the Red Raiders a 5-1 lead.
Already leading with two on base and two outs, Long picked up his second hit of the game with a single to center to drive in Todd Rickie and made the score 6-1.
The Golden Eagles cut into the Red Raiders' 6-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Migliaccio and Colt started the inning with singles, setting up an RBI single to center by Forcier.
Tech answered with their final run of the afternoon as Barrios doubled and scored on a Kirsch sacrifice fly for the final 7-2 output.
Domenico had a 23-game on-base streak snapped in the contest, while Boss extended his own on-base streak to 13 games.
Game three of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday in Lubbock.