No. 9 Arizona State Downs ORU, 5-1
TEMPE, Ariz.-Ninth-ranked Arizona State received a complete game effort from Kramer Champlin inhanding Oral Roberts a 5-1 setback, Friday at Packard Stadium.
Champlin (3-0) scattered six hits while striking out eight batters with four walks to lead Arizona State (14-3) to victory.
Arizona State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to an ORU (7-6) error. With two outs and Austin Barnes at first, second baseman Spencer Barnett misplayed a base hit by Joey DeMichelle, allowing Barnes to reach third. Barnes later scored on a double by Andrew Alpin to give the Sun Devils the lead.
The Sun Devils broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Johnny Ruettiger laced a two-run single. Riccio Torrez knocked in a run with a single of his own and another run scored on an error by catcher Bennett Pickar as ASU went up 5-0.
ORU scored its only run in the ninth inning on an RBI groundout by T.J. Bennett for the final 5-1 margin.
Freshman Alex Gonzalez (2-2) suffered the loss for ORU, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks in three-plus innings.
The Golden Eagles and Sun Devils resume their series Saturday at 8:30 p.m. CDT.