Whatley helps Golden Eagles complete weekend sweep of Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. —
Matt Whatley provided a spark hitting two, two-run doubles as the Oral Roberts baseball team closed a weekend sweep at Omaha Sunday afternoon with a 7-3 victory at Seymour Smith Park.
Whatley lined a two-RBI double that tied the game in the third before breaking the tie in the fifth inning, lacing a double down the line in right field. Cal Hernandez joined Whatley with three hits on the afternoon as ORU reached double-figure hits to win its seventh straight.
Miguel Ausua pitched six innings in the start for the Golden Eagles earning his sixth win of the season. The junior allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and struck out five Mavericks' hitters.
Quote of the Day
"The important thing is to find a way to win three games. It's always good to go on the road and win three times. Those were big swings from Matt in big moments and it's good to see Matt get going a bit. Down the stretch in the second half of the season, we need to get some momentum going for the conference tournament." – Head Coach Ryan Folmar
Trailing 3-0 after a disastrous bottom of the first inning, the Golden Eagles had to play from behind for the first time all weekend and quickly chipped away at the deficit. Michael Hungate came up with a RBI single in the second leading to Whatley's double evening the game 3-3. The junior from Claremore, Oklahoma, helped power a three-run fifth to take command of the contest and the bullpen entered to finish off the sweep.
Inside the Box Score
- Whatley matched his season high of four RBI set back on April 9 at Fort Wayne going 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, tying his career best.
- Hernandez tallied a 3-for-5 hitting effort, while he and Sam Grellner paced the offense scoring two runs. Brent Williams and Hernandez added the other RBI for the Golden Eagles.
- Ausua took the mound having allowed just one run in four conference starts and surrendered three in the bottom of the first. His streak of scoreless innings pitched was snapped at 17.2 innings in the first, but he recovered to limit the damage and allow the ORU offense to regain control.
- The Golden Eagles' bullpen was called into action for the final three innings and shut the door on any comeback attempt from Omaha. Taylor Varnell, Bryce Howe and Kyler Stout each threw a scoreless inning and combined for six strikeouts.
- ORU committed two uncharacteristic errors in the first inning, directly leading to three runs for the Mavericks, who took their first lead of the weekend, which lasted until the third.
- At the mid-point of The Summit League schedule, ORU (14-1) holds at least a five-game lead over second place as North Dakota State (9-6) having won 17 of its last 19 games.
The Golden Eagles continue their extended road trip swinging through Stillwater, Oklahoma, Tuesday night for an in-state matchup at Oklahoma State. First pitch against the Cowboys is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium with live coverage on Fox Sports Oklahoma.