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ORU baseball sweeps Fort Wayne

ORU baseball's 3-game sweep of Fort Wayne puts the Golden Eagles on the verge of clinching a 17th consecutive Summit League regular season title.

Matt Whatley reached base six times going 4-for-4 with three RBI as the Oral Roberts baseball team closed out a weekend sweep of Fort Wayne, 11-2, Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Backed by a season-high 16 strikeouts from their pitching staff, the Golden Eagles claimed all six games from the Mastodons in the season series and widened their lead atop The Summit League standings.

Miguel Ausua took his spot among the NCAA's best pitchers recording his eighth win of the year throwing 4.1 innings allowing one earned run. The junior set a new career high fanning eight Fort Wayne hitters and gave up only four hits.

Quote of the Day

"Every win is a good win, it doesn't matter who we're playing. We know the reverse side of this too. If you don't play well, it doesn't matter who you're playing, you're not going to win. We've got to come out here and play well every time. We've got to have a good week of practice this week heading into North Dakota State. That's where our focus shifts now." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar

Turning Point

After falling behind for the first time in the series in the opening frame, the Golden Eagles bounced back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the third before taking control in the fourth. Walks to Sam Grellner, Nick Roark and Whatley loaded the bases where Noah Cummings and Brent Williams provided the burst as each pulled a two-out, two-run double down the line in left pushing ORU in front 6-2.

Inside the Box Score

- Whatley matched his career high belting four hits, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, and added a walk and a hit-by-pitch to reach base six times. The junior also drove home three runs and scored twice with two doubles. He has 12 RBI over his last six games, behind only Noah Cummings for the league lead.

- ORU hitters combined to register six doubles, tying its season high, led by a pair from Whatley and Cummings, while Michael Hungate and Williams added the other two.

- The Golden Eagles did a majority of their offensive damage after two outs had been recorded scoring seven times in the middle innings with two outs.

- Power spots in the ORU lineup delivered as the two through five hitters combined for 10 of the team's 11 RBI and eight of 13 hits. Whatley and Cummings tallied three RBI and Cal Hernandez and Williams each added two.

- Six different pitchers saw the mound for the Golden Eagles recording 16 strikeouts, led by eight from Ausua. Grant Glaze (3), Trevor McCutchin (2), Spencer Henson (2) and Kyler Stout (1) struck out the other Mastodon batters.

- ORU and Fort Wayne finished the afternoon by leaving 28 total runners on base, 14 for each side.

Up Next

For the second-straight week, the Golden Eagles do not have a mid-week game on the docket and head to Fargo, North Dakota, for a Summit League-matchup against North Dakota State May 5-7. ORU has a chance to clinch its 17th-consecutive regular season championship over the weekend.

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