Ninth-Ranked Texas Nips ORU, 2-1
AUSTIN, Texas-No. 9 Texas edged Oral Roberts, 2-1, on a rainy Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (18-7) grabbed an early 2-0 lead, scoring both runs in the second. Kevin Lusson lined a two-run double off ORU starter Alex Gonzlaez (2-4) with one out. But Gonzalez settled down, striking out Jonathan Walsh and inducing a grounder from Jordan Etier to end the inning.
ORU (8-10) cut the lead in half in the fifth. Joey Winiecki led off with a walk and Nick Baligod followed with a single. After Spencer Barnett sacrificed the runners over, Brandon King bounced an RBI groundout to first, scoring Winiecki to make it 2-1.
The Golden Eagles again struggled to get hits with runners on base. ORU left the bases loaded in the second and left two runners on in the fourth and seventh.
Dan Martony was the pitching star for the Golden Eagles. The junior right-hander tossed 3.2 scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and getting a double-play ball to end the seventh. Martony struck out one batter and walked a pair.
Nick Baligod paced the Golden Eagles offensively, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Elder also had a pair of hits as ORU collected seven as a team.
Gonzalez (2-4) suffered the loss for ORU, allowing two runs in two innings. Andrew McKirahan (3-0) picked up the win for Texas by hurling 1.1 shutout innings of relief. Corey Knedbel worked the last 2.1 innings to earn his sixth save.
The Golden Eagles open a three-game series at San Diego State at 8 p.m. on Friday.