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Walton Captures 300th Career Victory in 11-7 Win over San Diego State

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 04/03/2011
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SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Cam Schiller and Spencer Barnett combined to drive in seven runs and Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton picked up career win No. 300 as the Golden Eagles defeated San Diego State 11-7, Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

In his eighth season with the Golden Eagles Walton is 300-131 as head coach. He is third all-time at ORU in coaching victories.

The Golden Eagles (10-11) won Sunday's series final thanks in large part to 15 walks from Aztec pitching. Brandon King and Chris Elder each walked four times, and every batter in the starting lineup except Schiller walked at least once.

But the game got off to a shaky start for the Golden Eagles. After Schiller gave ORU a 2-0 lead with a single in the top of the first, freshman right-hander Brad Fisher took the mound in the bottom of the inning for his first career start and surrendered six runs, including a three-run home run to Cody Smith which gave the Aztecs (9-19) a 6-2 lead.

The Golden Eagles, however, bounced back in the top of the second with five runs. Joey Winiecki started the scoring spree with a bases loaded walk and T.J. Bennett later scored on a wild pitch to get ORU within 6-4.

Elder followed two batters later with a bases loaded walk to make it a 6-5 game, and Schiller knocked in two more with a double as the Golden Eagles took a 7-6 lead.

Dan Martony (1-0) relieved Fisher to start the second and immediately took control of the game. The junior right-hander kept the Aztecs in check over the next six innings, allowing one run on six hits before leaving after the seventh.

With Martony keeping SDSU at bay, ORU continued to stretch its lead. Barnett knocked in his first run of the game with a bunt in the fourth to make it 8-6, and he doubled home a pair in the sixth as the Golden Eagles surged to a 10-6 lead.

The Aztecs scored their final run on an RBI double by Tim Zier in the sixth, but the Golden Eagles got the run back in the eighth on an RBI double by Brett Sowers for the final margin.

Lars Liguori and Alec Smith pitched the final two innings for the Golden Eagles, securing the victory and the series. Reliever John Pecoraro (0-1) suffered the loss for SDSU.

Barnett and Schiller were the only Golden Eagles with more than one hit as ORU produced eight hits for the game. Winiecki went hitless but he scored twice, walked twice, stole two bases and knocked in a run.

The Golden Eagles next visit UALR, 6 p.m., Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

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