Defense Saves Sooners as ORU Falls, 6-3
TULSA, Okla.--Despite outhitting the Sooners eight to five, three game-changing defensive plays robbed the Golden Eagles of five runs, and Oral Roberts fell to Oklahoma 6-3 at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday night.
ORU fell to 17-18 on the season and 29-35 all-time against Oklahoma.
Jose Trevino and Bennet Pickar were the only Golden Eagles with multiples hits, as they both went 2-4 with an RBI.
Joe Spring started the game for ORU, throwing three perfect innings and striking out two. Phillip Wilson (1-1) continued the perfect game into the fourth inning before giving up two runs in the top of the fifth.
Oklahoma (23-14) added to their five game win streak and defeated ORU for a second time this season. Sunny Golloway won his first game at J.L. Johnson stadium as the visiting head coach after leading ORU to 335 wins from 1996-2003.
Dillon Overton (5-1) got the decision after pitching five innings of relief, allowing one run off four hits with seven strikeouts.
Hunter Lockwood and Evan Mistch both drove in two runs to lead the Sooner offense.
Logan Domenico, who has led the Golden Eagles with a .343 average since lifting his redshirt status eleven games ago, got the Golden Eagles started with a leadoff hit in the first inning. He would come around to score after a Bennett Pickar double, and the Golden Eagles led 1-0 in the first.
Jose Trevino appeared to have hit a two run home run in the third inning, but leftfielder Erik Ross made a leaping catch over the wall to rob Trevino of the home run and preserve the 1-0 score.
The Sooners were held hitless for four innings, but scored three in the fifth with a two-run double by Evan Misitch and a sacrifice fly by Garrett Carey.
The Golden Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with no outs, but could only drive in one run with a Trevino single. Kevin Cho had a chance to tie the game on the hit by Trevino, but was gunned down at the plate by the right fielder Cody Reine and ORU still trailed 3-2.
The Sooners tacked on one more run to make it 4-2 in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly by Ross.
The Golden Eagles threatened again in the bottom of the eighth, scoring one run with Pickar's second hit of the night to make it 4-3. But ORU once again was robbed of two more runs when Brandon Healy's hit into centerfield was caught by a diving Max White to end the inning.
The Sooners scored two runs in the top of the ninth for a final score of 6-3.
ORU will be back in action with a four game series against league opponent Western Illinois starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. in J.L. Johnson Stadium.