FORT WAYNE, Ind.-After ending game one after seven innings in a 15-3 run-rule victory, Oral Roberts fell 6-5 to IPFW on a game-winning single in game two of Saturday's double header at Mastodon Field.
Four different Oral Roberts (29-21, 13-5) batters had at least four combined hits on the day, led by Kevin Cho's 4-for-6 effort. Cam Schiller had five hits in nine at-bats, while Jared Schlehuber had a combined five RBI.
GAME ONE - ORU 15, IPFW 3
Schlehuber ended game one 2-for-3, and was one of five Golden Eagles with at least two hits, leading the team with four RBI, while Bennett Pickar had a 3-for-4 day with three runs scored and three RBI.
Mike Torrence got the win in game one, giving up just four hits while striking out seven in 5.1 innings of work. Joe Spring came in and struck out three in the final 1.2 innings of work, allowing just one baserunner.
After blowing open a 0-0 game in the sixth inning on Friday, Oral Roberts wasted no time scoring in the first game of Saturday's double header, scoring six runs in the first inning. A leadoff double by Logan Domenico started the rally in which the Golden Eagles batted around the order, using seven hits to take the early 6-0 lead, despite leaving the bases loaded.
A two-run home run by Kristian Gayday cut into the ORU lead in the second, but the Golden Eagles were far from done. A pair of errors on the IPFW center fielder plated one run, and a Brandon Healy double scored another. Schlehuber's second sacrifice fly of the game plated a third to make it 9-2 ORU.
Again IPFW tried to mount a rally as M. White doubled and scored on an RBI single by C DeBoe, but Pickar's seventh RBI in the past two games pushed the lead back out to seven at 10-3 after four innings.
The final runs of the shortened game one came in the top of the seventh as the Golden Eagles plated five more runs on four hits, also taking advantage of a pair of walks.
GAME TWO - IPFW 6, ORU 5
The bats continued to be hot in game two as ORU registered 13 hits and took advantage of three Mastodon errors, but left nine runners on base in the loss. Cho had three hits in the game, while all five of the runs were scored by the top six hitters in the ORU lineup.
Lars Liguori was charged with the loss, giving up the game-winning run. Along with Joe Spring and Alex Gonzalez, the trio combined for five strike outs but walked six batters.
ORU grabbed an early 1-0 lead as the Golden Eagles took advantage of an IPFW error to score one run on a groundout in the second inning.
IPFW answered in the third and took its first lead of the series with two runs in the third after a Lucas Salerno walk and a Clay Hathaway homer.
It looked like ORU would blow things open again in the fifth as they mounted a rally behind a leadoff single by Cho. After Schiller drew the walk, Jose Trevino shot one through the left side to score a run and tie the game. An error by the IPFW left fielder scored two more runs, and a double by Schlehuber and singles by King and Healy scored the final run of the inning, making it 5-2 in favor of ORU.
A pair of IPFW doubles in the sixth scored two runs to get them within one, and down to the final out of the game, Steve Danielak punched an RBI single through the right side to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Down to the final out again in the bottom of the ninth, a bad hop on a grounder off the bad of Danielak scored the Mastodon runner from second and IPFW notched its first victory of the series over ORU.
The series finale will be played at 10 a.m. on Sunday from Fort Wayne.