Lions leap past ORU late to win, 4-3
TULSA, Okla. – For the second straight game, the Oral Roberts baseball team jumped out to a quick lead after the first inning, but mistakes costs the Golden Eagles on Saturday as they fell to Southeastern Louisiana, 4-3.
Kevin Cho drew a walk to start the bottom of the first for ORU, Logan Domenico got a free pass two batters later and Tyler Boss was plunked by a pitch to load the bases full of Golden Eagles with two outs.
The bases quickly cleared as Nate Goro ripped a three-run double to left-center, clearing the bases. Despite batting around in the inning, Goro’s double was the only hit in the frame for the Golden Eagles.
ORU finished the game with a total of three hits, including a double from Chris Williams in the sixth and a Boss single in the eighth.
Southeastern Louisiana began to chip away at the lead in the top of the third. With Kyle Cedotal standing on third, after starting the inning with a walk and was moved over to third on a Harry Slade single, Cedotal scored the Lions first run as he was driven in by Jameson Fisher who singled to left.
In the top of the sixth, Sam Roberson picked up a one-out double into down the line in right, advanced to third on a pass ball and scored as Ladd Rhodes grounded out.
The Lions played small ball in the top of the seventh. Alex Marsh entered the game to pinch run for Brett Hoffman following a walk.
Marsh moved over to second as Cedotal reached on a misplayed sacrifice bunt and both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt from Ben Hernandez. The next batters, Slade, grounded out to second to plate Marsh and tie the game at three.
In the Lion half of the ninth, Marsh scored the go-ahead run on no hits and two Golden Eagle errors. Marsh reached on fielder’s choice, and Aaron Haag, who reached on a error, was safe at second. Haag was eventually put out at third as Cedotal reached on a fielder’s choice and Marsh moved to second.
Unfortunately, Marsh crossed the plate two batters later on a Golden Eagle throwing error, the third of the afternoon for ORU.
Of the four runs allowed by Golden Eagle pitchers, only one was credited as an earned run as the Lions only reached on five hits in the game. Drew Bowen got the start, going 6.1 innings with a strikeout, three runs and five hits. Alec Smith looked good in 2.2 innings, not allowing a hit or an earned run.
However, Smith earned the loss in the contest, while Mason Klotz got the win for SLU.
Of the 27 putouts in the game, many of those were groundouts as Williams was credited with 16, the second most this season. He had 17 putouts in the 15 inning contest at Oklahoma on March 19.
ORU moves to 10-23 overall on the season and 5-6 in conference play. The rubber match with Southeastern Louisiana (24-12, 8-3) is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.