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ORU Defeats Central Arkansas, 3-1

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 02/28/2012
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Tulsa, Okla - Mike Torrence had a breakthrough performance on the mound for the Golden Eagles (3-5) as they defeat Central Arkansas, 3-1.

Torrence (1-1) pitched six and one-third innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out seven batters on the day.

The Golden Eagles offense managed just seven hits in the game, but it was enough to seal the win as the pitching led the way for ORU.  Bennett Pickar led all batters with two hits and one RBI. Jared Schlehuber was the only other Golden Eagle with multiple hits.

Central Arkansas (3-4) could only scrape together four hits in support of starter Bryce Biggerstaff (0-1) who pitched five and two-thirds innings with seven hits and two earned runs. First-baseman Bryan Willson was 1-3 and accounted for the Bears only RBI.

The Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Willson's two-out single to right field brought home Forrest Allday. Willson was picked off on the next play to end the inning.

That was the last time the Bears would score, and ORU tied the game 1-1 in the third-inning when a sacrifice fly by Cam Schiller scored Nate Goro.

ORU took the lead for good when Kevin Cho hit a perfect sacrifice bunt down the first base line to score Schiller. Pickar added an insurance run later in the inning with a single to right field that scored Brandon Healy.

Joe Spring, who relieved Torrence in the seventh-inning, gave up the only other hit by Central Arkansas, as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Matt Rush came on the close the ninth for ORU. Rush recorded his tenth career save and first of the season.

ORU finishes up the eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Alcorn State starting Friday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

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