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Furmanek Leads ORU Past No. 30 Wichita State, 7-1

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 03/23/2010
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Seth Furmanek (right) tossed a complete game and hit a two-run home run in ORU's 7-1 victory over Wichita State on Tuesday.
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TULSA--Seth Furmanek tossed a six-hitter and belted a two-run home run to lead Oral Roberts to a 7-1 victory over No. 30 Wichita State, Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Furmanek (2-0) struck out four batters without a walk in hurling his first career complete game on 107 pitches. He also knocked in three runs and scored twice.

Trailing 1-0 after Wichita State's (11-6) Travis Bennett laced an RBI double in the top of the first, the Golden Eagles (6-10) took advantage of some wildness by Shockers start Charlie Lowell (2-2) in the bottom of the inning.

The first four batters reached against Lowell, with Furmanek driving in the first run with a bases loaded walk. P.J. Sequeira and Colby Price each knocked in a run with a ground out and the final run of the inning scored when Furmanek crossed the plate on a wild pitch as ORU went ahead, 4-1.

ORU maintained its lead until adding three runs in the seventh.  Joey Winiecki led off with a single and scored on a double by Nick Baligod to give ORU a 5-1 lead. Furmanek followed two batters later with a two-run home run as the Golden Eagles grabbed a 7-1 lead.

Furmanek never faced a serious threat after the first inning. After allowing back-to-back hit with one out in the third the senior right-hander retired 12 of the next 13 batters before a one-out single in the seventh snapped the streak. But He gave up only a two-out single in the ninth the rest of the way.

The Golden Eagles collected only five hits, but took advantage of three walks, three hit batters and an error. Winiecki led the way with a 2-for-4 effort and two runs scored. Six different players recorded hits for the Shockers.

The Golden Eagles and Shockers conclude their two-game set on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

--ORU--

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