TULSA, Okla.-Oral Roberts pounded out 11 hits and after trailing 1-0 early, came back to win the series opener against North Dakota State 5-1, Thursday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
ORU (31-21, 15-5) used a strong performance on the mound from Drew Bowen (5-2), who earned the victory going 7.1 innings with five strikeouts and no walks. For NDSU (37-16, 13-8), it was starter John Straka who was hit with the loss, giving up all five ORU runs and 10 of the 11 hits in 6.2 innings of work.
Jose Trevino provided the majority of the offense for the Golden Eagles, going 4-for-4 on the night with a run scored and three RBI. Logan Domenico and Jared Schlehuber each had a pair of hits, with Domenico saving the game on a couple of occasions as he gunned two Bison at the plate.
Wes Satzinger had a pair of hits for the Bison, who left six runners on base in loss, scoring a single run on eight hits.
The top of the Bison order did damage early for North Dakota State, with three of the first four batters of the game reaching safely with singles into left field. Bowen settled down and retired the next two batters on fly balls, keeping it a 1-0 game after Zach Wentz' RBI single scored Tim Colwell.
The Golden Eagles found an answer in the second as they loaded the bases on a trio of hits, including a double by Schlehuber. He would score the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to left centerfield by Bennett Pickar.
A two-out single to center in the third gave ORU the 2-1 lead as Trevino earned the RBI scoring Cam Schiller from second.
The Bison had a leadoff double in the fourth but a laser throw from Domenico to Pickar gunned down Wes Satzinger at the plate to preserve the ORU lead. Domenico would do the same in the top of the fifth, ending the inning again as he caught Kyle Kleinendorst trying to score on a single off the bat of Nick Colwell.
Trevino gave Bowen and the Golden Eagles a little breathing room in the bottom of the sixth as his towering shot floated over the left field wall for a solo homerun to start the inning, making it 3-1.
Trevino would do it again with an RBI single in the seventh that went right over second base bag to score Domenico, chasing the Straka from the game. Schlehuber went right after the new pitcher, knocking a single into left to score Schiller, giving ORU a 5-1 advantage.
With the additional breathing room, Trevino moved to the mound to try to close out the game in the ninth. He did so without giving up a hit, making his first appearance on the mound in an ORU uniform a successful one.
The two teams will meet in a double-header on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. from J.L. Johnson Stadium.