Sixth Inning Surge Leads Golden Eagles To Friday Win

The Golden Eagles bats came alive on Friday night and Oral Roberts topped Western Illinois 9-3 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

ORU (18-18, 5-3 Summit) once again looked like the class of the Summit League as they pounded the Leathernecks pitching for ten hits and nine runs. {}Jose Trevino{}and{}Nate Goro{}led ORU with a home run and a double each. {}Goro launched his first home run of the season, while Trevino recorded his seventh to go along with three RBI. {}

Mike Torrence{}(3-5) allowed no hits through the first four innings and ended up throwing six, allowing two runs off four hits with three strikeouts.{}Joe Spring{}would come on to earn the save by pitching three innings of relief and allowing one run with four strikeouts.

WIU (12-21-1, 3-6 Summit) has not won a game at J.L. Johnson Stadium since 1998, and{}Rob Walton{}improves to 31-3 all-time against the Leathernecks. Starter Nick Smith gave the Leathernecks four innings, allowing two runs off six hits. Alexander Zarate (0-2) allowed four runs, all unearned, off one hit and five walks in 1.2 innings of relief.

The Golden Eagles, who started the game 1-8 versus left-handed starters, wasted no time jumping on Western Illinois' lefty Nick Smith, scoring a run in the bottom of the first with a Trevino single to score Cho. ORU extended the lead to 2-0 in the second with a groundout byLogan Domenico{}that scored{}Jake O'Brien.

Western Illinois was able to rally in the sixth and tie the game {}2-2, but ORU answered right back by scoring four runs in the sixth off back-to-back walks with the bases loaded and a two-run single by{}Bennett Pickar. {}Goro and Trevino's home runs in the seventh inning scored three more runs to put the game out of reach, 9-2. {}

The series will resume on Saturday at J.L. Johnson Stadium with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. {}