ORU baseball gears up for showdown at No. 24 Mississippi State
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University baseball team looks to continue last week’s mid-week success as the Golden Eagles head into hostile territory at No. 24 Mississippi State on Tuesday night. First pitch against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Before dropping two of three to McNeese State over the weekend, the Golden Eagles (21-28, 14-10 SLC) went to Springfield, Mo., and took a pair of mid-week contests from Missouri State. Mississippi State (37-15, 14-13 SLC) also lost its most recent weekend series against rival Ole Miss, winning just one of the three games.
Since the beginning of May, Kevin Cho and Tyler Boss have sparked the Golden Eagle offense. Cho has hit .455 since the beginning of the month, including two four-hit games, while Boss has blasted four home runs and doubled four times.
The Bulldogs have their own power hitter in Hunter Renfroe. The junior is currently fifth in the nation with 15 home runs and has the fourth-best slugging percentage at .750. Tuesday’s probable starter, Trevor Fitts, will be making his first start of the season.
Gavin Glanz (1-3) is scheduled to start for the Golden Eagles.
MSU is just one of four Southeastern Conference teams ORU has never faced on the diamond. The last Golden Eagle victory against an SEC member came just a season ago, when they defeated Alabama, 3-2.