ORU Trounces Alcorn State 12-1; Finishes Sweep
The Golden Eagles (6-5) scored 10 or more runs for the third straight game, their fourth double-digit output of the season. Jose Trevino, Nate Goro, Brandon King, Schiller and Schlehuber all had multiple RBI for ORU as they finish their eight-game homestand with five consecutive wins.
Schlehuber hit his fifth home run of the season, while Cam Schiller was 2-3 with a home run, double, and a walk.
The Golden Eagles pitching was just as good as the hitting in the series. Starter Tim ZuFall pitched four innings, allowing just one run on two hits with three strikeouts in his first start for ORU. He was also 1-4 with a walk as the designated hitter.
ZuFall was relieved in the fifth-inning by Dan Martony (2-0) who pitched four scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just one hit. Phillip Wilson made his first appearance as a Golden Eagle in relief of Martony. Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth-inning with one strikeout.
Alcorn State (1-9) stayed with the Golden Eagles through four innings, getting a good effort from starter Mundo Sanchez, who gave up just one run through four innings. But the lack of offense and the eight-run fifth-inning was all ORU needed to finish off Sanchez and the Braves.
ORU started slow, but got on the board first when an RBI-double by Goro in the third-inning scored King. It was Goro's tenth RBI of the season.
Alcorn State answered with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to tie the game 1-1.
Schlehuber's two-run home run got the big inning started for ORU in the fifth, giving them a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back two-run doubles by King and Goro to make it 7-1 ORU, and Schiller finished off the inning with a two-run shot, his third of the year.
Chris Williams pinch hit for Schlehuber in the seventh, and his single to left field with the bases loaded scored Coker, extending the lead to 10-1. Two batters later, Trevino hit a two-run single to give ORU a 12-1 lead.
ORU travels to Tuscaloosa to face No.14 Louisville in game one of the Alabama Classic on Friday, March 9, at 1 p.m.