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ORU Defeats South Dakota State 6-2 to Claim 12th Consecutive Summit League Title

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 05/23/2009
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TULSA, Okla. Ė Andre Lamontagne tossed his second-career complete game and Johnny Roberts (Pryor, Okla.) drove in five of the Golden Eagles’ six runs as the Oral Roberts University baseball team topped South Dakota State by a score of 6-2 on Saturday afternoon to claim the Currington Mortgage Summit League Championship at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

The Golden Eagles have won 12 consecutive conference tournament titles and will make their 12th-straight NCAA Regional appearance.

Lamontagne (5-2) earned his fifth win of the season by tossing his second consecutive complete game. The senior right-hander from Santa Maria, Calif., gave up two runs on six hits while striking out nine and issuing only one walk.

The Golden Eagles got on the board in the top of the first inning when Roberts smacked a two-out single up the middle to drive in Tyler Garewal (Bakersfield, Calif.) for the early 1-0 advantage.

ORU added another run in the fifth inning when Seth Furmanek (Gilbert, Ariz.) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Garewal, who led off the inning with a double down the left field line.

Roberts , the tournament MVP, blew the tight contest wide open in the top of the seventh with his first-career grand slam. Garewal drew his second walk of the afternoon and Juan Martinez (Bakersfield, Calif.) laced a single through the left side before Furmanek was hit to load the bases. Roberts then drove the ball to the opposite field for his ninth long ball of the season.

After allowing only three base runners and two hits through the first seven innings, Lamontagne ran into his only trouble of the afternoon in the eighth, as the Jacks scored two runs on four hits.

Billy Stitz led off with a single through the left side and Jesse Ayala hit a bloop double down the right field line. John Lee grounded out to drive in the first run and Jesse Sawyer drove in the second with a bloop single to center field. After Tony Martin slapped another single to right-center field to put runners on the corners, Lamontagne fanned Stephen Turner to escape the jam.

Lamontagne retired the side in order in the ninth, highlighted by Danny Duffy (Glendale, Ariz.) diving in foul territory for the third out. The ninth inning was one of five perfect frames pitched by Lamontagne.

The NCAA Selection Show will be broadcast on ESPN on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

2009 All-Tournament Team

Bucky Aona, Southern Utah
Joel Blake, SDSU
Tyler Garewal, ORU
Andre Lamontagne, ORU
Juan Martinez, ORU

Kyle Melling, Southern Utah
Colby Price, ORU
Johnny Roberts, ORU (Tournament MVP)
Jesse Sawyer, SDSU
Layne Somsen, SDSU
Billy Stitz, SDSU
Jerry Sullivan, ORU
Caleb Thielbar, SDSU
Boone Whiting, Centenary

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