TULSA, Okla. – Tim Zufall earned his fourth victory on the mound behind plenty of run support from the Oral Roberts offense as the Golden Eagles rolled past Southeastern Louisiana, 9-1.
The senior pitcher completed eight innings in the win. He allowed seven hits and struck out five. Kurt Giller entered the game in the ninth, sitting down the Lions in order, including a strikeout.
One of the struggles this season has been consistent offense and driving in runners when in scoring position. On Sunday, the Golden Eagles plated five runs with two or more outs in an inning.
Entering the bottom of the third, the game looked like it would be a pitchers dual as the Golden Eagles came to the plate in a scoreless ball game. However, the Golden Eagles broke open the game with four runs on two hits, a couple of walks and a Lion error.
With Kevin Cho standing on first following the error, Matt Brandy hit a ball into the left-center field gap for a standout triple, scoring Cho. After Logan Domenico drew a walk, Jose Trevino drove in his first run of the game as Brandy scored on a fielder’s choice. Domenico was out on the play.
Trevino earned his 17th RBI in the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle to drive in Domenico from second. Domenico had previously walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
ORU put together another big inning in the home half of the seventh inning as a pair of two-out walks to Domenico and Trevino set up a three-run shot to left off the bat of Boss, his third home run of the year.
Domenico finished with three walks, scored twice and had a hit.
Chris Williams joined the ORU hit parade in the bottom of the eight with a double to left. He quickly scored as Austen Colt followed with a double of his own, to solidify the Golden Eagles’ 9-1 victory.
Eight of the nine Golden Eagles in the lineup recorded hits on the afternoon with Boss picking up the only multi-hit game. Trevino and Boss joined Domenico in the two-run club in the contest.
Earning the loss for Southeastern Louisiana on the mound was Andro Cutura. He was pulled after 2.2 innings and allowed five hits and four runs.
The Lion run came in the top of the fifth as Kyle Cedotal, who led the inning off with a double, scored on a single to left from Jameson Fisher. However, Cedotal was caught in a rundown, trying to advance to second on the throw, to end the inning.
Despite a couple of defensive blunders for the Golden Eagles, Brandon Healy made two diving plays on hard hit balls to third, including a liner in the eighth to end the inning.
ORU improves their overall record to 11-23 and 6-6 in Southland Conference play. The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday as they make their first ever trip to Huntsville, Texas, to face Sam Houston State.