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Golden Eagles Take Opener from Centenary, 11-2

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/17/2009
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Jerry Sullivan struck out nine in Friday's win over Centenary.
TULSA---Jerry Sullivan hurled eight strong innings to lead Oral Roberts University to an 11-2 Summit League victory over Centenary, Friday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

In a battle of the league’s top two teams, Sullivan was the difference. The junior right-hander, who struck out 16 batters in his previous start against South Dakota State, whiffed nine against the Gents (23-7, 6-2 Summit). He scattered eight hits and walked three in improving to 5-3.

Centenary took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Michael Tompkins in the first inning. ORU (18-9, 8-0 Summit) tied the game on an RBI single by Colby Price in the second, and the Golden Eagles grabbed a 3-1 lead in the third on an RBI single by Seth Furmanek and a Michael Notaro sacrifice fly.

The Gents cut the lead down to 3-2 in the sixth when Travis Leverson singled with one out, stole second and third, and scored on a two-out wild pitch. ORU pushed the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh on RBI singles by P.J. Sequeira and Notaro.

ORU broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth. Furmanek laced a two-run single for a 7-2 lead, and Johnny Roberts followed with three-run home run to dead centerfield for a 10-2 advantage. Notaro belted a solo home run two batters later to cap ORU’s scoring.

Justin Kraft (5-2) took the loss for Centenary, allowing five runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. He also issued six walks and hit batter in addition to seven strikeouts.

Sequeira paced ORU’s 10-hit offensive effort, banging out three singles. Furmanek and Notaro each had two hits and frove in three runs.

Leverson and Tompkins had two hits apiece for the Gents.

ORU and Centenary resume their four-game series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader.


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