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Golden Eagles Rock Eastern Michigan, 11-6

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 02/24/2012
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  Tulsa, Okla - The Golden Eagles got their first win of the 2012 season with a 11-6 drubbing of Eastern Michigan.

Eastern Michigan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but a 10-run third-inning was all ORU would need to cruise to victory.

ORU was led by newcomer shortstop Nate Goro, who went 3-5 with four RBI. Jared Schlehuber hit his second home run of the season, driving in three runs, along with Cam Schiller, who hit his first home run of the season.

Drew Bowen (1-0) got hit early in the first inning, giving up two runs before settling down and pitching five innings with five strikeouts and earning the win.

Eastern Michigan (0-3) had good production from the top of their lineup, but couldn't get the pitching to match as they dropped game one of the three-game series. Bo Kinder led the Eagles, going 3-5 with four RBI. Ben Magsig batted 1-3 with two walks and a two-run home run, his first of the season.

Starter Joe Battistelli (0-1) lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up six runs on six hits. Tyler Vavra, who came on in relief of Battistelli, lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up four earned runs.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Golden Eagles would rally in the third-inning when Goro singled home Bennett Pickar, followed by the three-run blast by Schlehuber to give ORU the 4-2 lead. Schiller got his two-run home run just two batters later to give ORU a 6-2 lead. Pickar, who led off the inning, singled home Jose Trevino to make it 7-2 with one out.

Goro capped the 10-run inning with a three-run triple that scored Pickar,  Kevin Cho, and Austen Colt.

Eastern Michigan chipped away at the lead, scoring two in the fourth and two more again in the sixth to make it 10-6. But the ORU bullpen, which has struggled early in the season, would slam the door shut on the Eagles. Joe Spring, Lars Liguori and Matt Rush combined for four innings of relief, allowing just four hits and no runs.

ORU scored its final run when Schiller knocked home Goro with a single in the sixth to make it 11-6.

Rush struck out the side in the ninth to end the game.

The series resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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