ORU falls in up-and-down game to No. 8 Fullerton, 7-4
TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts baseball team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, but the Titans were just two strong as the Golden Eagles fell at home, 7-4.
Nate Goro entered the game with five hits against a very good Fullerton pitching staff after the first two games, adding his sixth atop the Golden Eagle lineup with an infield single in the first. Graham McIntyre followed with a grounder to third and Goro was forced out at second.
With McIntyre standing at first after beating out the double play attempt, Logan Domenico ripped a pitch into the right field corner to drive in the runner. Domenico wasn't standing on third for very long as Tyler Boss drove him in with a single up the middle.
In the third inning, the Titans got to ORU starter Tim Zufall with three runs on three hits. Two of the runs were earned, while a third scored following a pass ball.
After Fullerton added another run the top of the fourth to make the score 4-2, the Golden Eagles answered with two in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at four.
Matt Brandy and Austen Colt started the inning with a couple of singles, advancing to third and second on a comebacker to the pitcher off the bat of Sam Parker. Brandy Healy stepped in and grounded out short, allowing Brandy to score from third.
Goro picked up this second hit of the contest with two outs, singling to right field to drive in Colt. Goro ended the three-game set against the best rotation the Golden Eagles have seen with seven hits and two runs batted in.
Unfortunately, the Titans got the Golden Eagle bullpen in the later innings, plating runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings on three hits. Through that stretch, ORU pitchers walked three batters and hit three batters.
Joining Goro with two hits in the contest was McIntyre and Boss. The Golden Eagles equaled the powerful Titans with nine hits.
Earning the loss in relief was Brad Fisher (1-2) and Fullerton's starter Grahamm Wiest improved his record to 3-1. Michael Lorenzen, who had a hit and two RBI's, entered the game in the ninth to earn his sixth save.
ORU falls to 5-13 on the season and just 1-9 at home. Up next is a tough two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday at Oklahoma. Both games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.