ORU Powers Past Cal Poly in NCAA Opener, 13-3
Six Golden Eagles posted multiple hits in the victory, including Michael Notaro (Westlake Village, Calif.), who went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Colby Price (Brenham, Texas), who drove in a career-high five runs.
Jerry Sullivan (8-3) earned the win for the Golden Eagles after allowing three earned runs in seven innings pitched. The Budd Lake, N.J., native fanned nine batters while issuing no walks.
Cal Poly’s Mason Radeke (6-2) suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
The Mustangs jumped on the board in the top of the first inning when Wes Dorrell hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Ryan Lee for the early 1-0 advantage.
ORU countered in the bottom of the inning, as Notaro drove a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Tyler Garewal (Bakersfield, Calif.), who led off the inning with a double.
The Golden Eagles tacked on another run in the following inning to take a 2-1 lead. Danny Duffy (Glendale, Ariz.) slapped a two-out single up the middle and Robert Barbosa (Dallas, Texas) blooped a single to right field that advanced Duffy to third before he scored on a throwing error.
ORU scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by three home runs to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The Golden Eagles opened the inning with back-to-back homers from Juan Martinez (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Seth Furmanek (Gilbert, Ariz.). Martinez tallied his 15th long ball of the season to right-centerfield, while Furmanek followed with a bomb over the left field wall and into the street outside the stadium.
Notaro slapped a single through the right side in the next at bat and Colby Price followed two batters later with a two-run homer to left field to push the margin to five runs.
After surrendering a run in the first inning, Sullivan retired 10 of the next 12 batters until running into trouble in the fifth inning. Ross Brayton led off the inning with a single through the left side and Lee slapped a one-out single to centerfield. With two outs, Adam Buschini tripled down the left field line to plate two runs and cut the lead to 6-3.
The Golden Eagles pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 8-3. Barbosa led off the inning with a single to right field and Furmanek cracked a two-out RBI double to left center. Notaro then followed with a double to centerfield to drive in the fifth two-out run of the contest.
ORU added another run in the bottom of the seventh to increase its lead to 9-3 when Duffy doubled to left center to drive in Barbosa. Duffy went 3-for-5 on the afternoon with a single, double and triple.
The Golden Eagles rounded out the scoring in the eighth inning with four more runs. After three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs, P.J. Sequeira (Petaluma, Calif.) drew a walk for the first run. Colby Price then cleared the bases with a double down the left field line for a career-high five RBI in the contest.
Jeff Burleson (Bakersfield, Calif.) shut down the Mustangs over the final two innings, retiring five of the six batters faced and striking out three.
The Golden Eagles meet the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 1 Arizona State and No. 4 Kent State at 9:00 p.m. CT on Saturday.
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