HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The brooms went back into the closet for the Oral Roberts baseball team on Sunday as the Golden Eagles fell to Sam Houston State, 6-4. The Golden Eagles fall to 13-24 on the season and 8-7 in conference play.
Nate Goro finished the afternoon with three hits to lead the Golden Eagles, while Tyler Boss finished with three singles as well. Zufall took the loss on the mound, his first of the season. He allowed six runs on six hits in four innings.
Trailing the Bearkats 2-0 after the first inning, the Golden Eagles quickly knotted the game at two runs apiece in the top of the second.
Boss started the second inning with a walk and advanced to second as Goro singled to left. Both runners moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by Chris Williams, setting up a sacrifice fly into deep right off Brandon Healy’s bat to score Boss, his sixth RBI of the season.
Austen Colt followed with a single into center to score Goro from third to tie the game.
Following a quick bottom of the inning, including a pair of strikeouts from Tim Zufall, the Golden Eagles took the lead for the first time in the top of the third. Boss scored the third run of the afternoon for ORU as Goro doubled over the third base bag, making the score 3-2.
The Bearkats regained the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth on two hits and an ORU error. Carter Burgess scored the first run of the inning as Greg Olson reached on a misplayed grounder for the ORU error. Jessie Plumlee followed ripped a double into the left field corner to score Ryan O’Hearn and Olson from first.
Hayden Simerly added the sixth run of the afternoon for the Bearkats with a leadoff homerun in the sixth inning. It was Simerly’s third RBI of the afternoon as he plated both Colt Atwood and Anthony Azar in the first with a single.
In the top of the ninth, the Golden Eagles gave one final push in the top of the ninth. Matt Brandy drew a one-out walk just before Logan Domenico stepped in a doubled to left-center to cut the lead to 6-4. ORU left two runners on base as the game came to an end. The Golden Eagles ultimately left seven runners on base.
The Golden Eagles was patient at the plate during the series, and that trend continued on Sunday as ORU drew six walks in the game, include two each from Cho, Brandy and Trevino.
On Friday, ORU is set to host Nicholls State in a crucial conference series at J.L. Johnson Stadium.