Boss has big game in heartbreaking loss at Texas, 4-3
AUSTIN, Texas - Tyler Boss achieves a feat that hasn't been done in nine seasons, but it wasn't enough as Oral Roberts falls to Texas, 4-3.
Boss is the first batter since Matt VanDerBosch against Chicago State in 2004 to hit two or more triples in a game. They are also the first two triples for the Golden Eagle club this season.
Boss picked up his second triple of the game, scoring Logan Domenico from second who started the inning with a walk and Graham McIntyre who followed with a walk, tying the ball game up at three runs apiece.
The Golden Eagles eventually loaded the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended the threat.
However, in the bottom of the inning, picks up a run on three singles and an ORU error to regain the lead for the final time.
The heartbreaking loss marks the longest losing streak for the Golden Eagle program since the 2006 season. They have dropped the last six games, moving their record to 5-10.
Texas started the scoring off in the bottom of the second. Mark Payton hit a triple just under the 375-foot mark on the left field wall, scoring on a groundout with C.J. Hinojosa at the plate.
In the top of the fourth, Boss reached base for the second time in the ball, drawing a walk in the second inning, with his first triple to the wall in right-center. Jose Trevino drew a walk in to lead off the inning, scoring on the Boss triple to tie the game.
The Horns yet again regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Much like second inning, Texas led the inning off with an extra base hit as Jacob Felts doubled to left of Golden Eagle reliever Guillermo Trujillo. Two batters later, Felts crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Mark Gottsacker.
As has been the story much of the season, the Golden Eagles have had trouble driving in runners when they reach base. On Tuesday evening in Austin, at least one ORU batter reached base in each of the nine innings.
Texas added their third run of the evening on a controversial call with two outs and the bases loaded. Nate Goro picked up a groundball, outrunning Matt Moynihan at second. Unfortunately, the umpire standing in the middle of the field didn't see it that way, calling Moynihan safe, allowing Payton to score.
Up next is a tough three game set at J.L. Johnson Stadium against No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, beginning on Friday. Game one is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., with game two beginning on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1.