SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Oral Roberts University baseball team won its first mid-week contest of the season on Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles topped Missouri State on the road, 4-1. The victory improved ORU to 19-26.
ORU’s victory was its fifth in a row and its first at Hammons Field since 2007.
Coming off a three-game sweep at Lamar where the offense was the story, the pitching of Pepe Gomez, Phillip Wilson and Kurt Giller stepped up against the Bears. Their performances were complimented by Kevin Cho who picked up four hits and Joey Migliaccio added a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Wilson (1-1) went four innings in relief of Gomez and allowed just one hit and struck out three. During his time on the mound, Wilson set down 11 consecutive MSU batters.
In his first start as a Golden Eagle, Gomez allowed one run on five hits in four innings, while Giller struck out two in the ninth en route to his first save of the season.
Missouri State fell to 27-17 on the season as Tyler Thomason earned his fourth loss of the season.
Cho’s second single of the game came by way of the infield variety as the MSU pitcher was unable to coral a hard hit ball, scoring Chris Williams on the play. Austen Colt was the second run of the inning to cross the plate as the MSU third baseman misplayed a grounder off the bat of Matt Brandy.
In the top of the fifth, Logan Domenico picked up a two-out single to drive in Cho, expanding the Golden Eagles’ lead to 3-0.
The Bears cut into the ORU lead in the home half of the inning, as they scored their lone run of the game Dylan Becker singled to right to drive in Keenen Maddox.
Nate Goro and MSU’s Luke Voit were the only other batters besides Cho with multiple hits, each finishing with a pair of singles.
The Golden Eagles and Bears will match up again at Hammons Field on Wednesday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.