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Sullivan Sets Career Mark as ORU Rolls to 10-3 Defeat of Le Moyne

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          Release: 02/29/2008
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Sullivan set a new career-high with 12 strikeouts on Friday.
TULSA -- Jerry Sullivan (2-0) struck out a career-high 12 batters and Brian Van Kirk went 4-for-4 with an RBI as Oral Roberts University defeated Le Moyne, 10-3, Friday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

With the win, the Golden Eagles improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1994 while the Dolphins fell to 2-3.

Le Moyne jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning when Matt Nandin singled to right field, scoring Corey O’Neill for the game’s first score.

The home team rallied in the bottom of the second to tie the score at 1-all. The Golden Eagles pushed across the run when David Genao’s line drive shot to the left fielder was dropped allowing Ryan Groth to score from third.

ORU took the lead for good in the next inning by scoring three runs to capture a 4-1 lead. Ben Petralli, Adam Younger and Genao all had RBI in the third frame.

The Dolphins were able to cut into the Golden Eagle lead in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Phil St. Amant and Matt Nandin.

Groth scored on an Eric Beaulac (0-1) wild pitch and a run-scoring single by Juan Martinez extended the Golden Eagles lead to 6-2 after five innings.

ORU scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning for an 8-2 advantage. Groth hit a ground-rule double down the right field line to score Brendan Duffy and Brian Van Kirk followed Groth’s double with a RBI single to center field.

Le Moyne was able to load the bases off Sullivan in the seventh, but was only able to score one run off the right-handed hurler when Stephen Crawford walked with bases full.

Younger added some more insurance for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double to the gap in right center. Petralli and pitch-runner Justin Mitchell scored all the way from first on the Younger double as ORU grabbed a 10-3 lead.

Groth finished the day 2-for-4 with four runs scored and Younger had three RBI for the Golden Eagles.

Sullivan lasted eight innings, scattering six hits and allowing only two earned runs. Newcomer T.J. Kelly saw his first action of the season by relieving Sullivan before the ninth. Kelly forced a pop-up and struck out two batters swinging.

ORU and Le Moyne play the middle game of the three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m. Live stats and free video streaming will be available on www.ORUGoldenEagles.com.

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