Okla. - The early portion of the 2013 season has been full of heartbreak for
the Oral Roberts baseball program. They may be none more heartbreaking than
Tuesday night's loss, as the Golden Eagles fell in a marathon at No. 17
Oklahoma struck first in the top of the first with four runs on three
hits, a hit batter and an ORU error. However, the Golden Eagles answered
quickly in the next half inning, putting a six-spot on the board.
Chris Williams got the scoring going in the inning with a double to left
field, followed by an Austen Colt single and a Sam Parker walk to load the
bases. Brandon Healy followed Parker's walk by taking four straight balls,
pushing Williams across for the first run.
Nate Goro continued his hot hitting at the plate, driving in Colt with a
single up the middle. Graham McIntyre quickly plated Parker on a sacrifice fly
to cut the Sooner lead to 4-3.
After Healy and Goro advanced 90-feet on a wild pitch, Logan Domenico
made the Sooners pay with a single to right to score Healy. The third Sooner
wild pitch of the inning with Tyler Boss at the plate costs a run as the ball
got away enough to allow Goro to reach home easily.
The final run of the inning came as the hit parade continued. This time
it was Matt Brandy getting into the act with a single to center to drive in
Two innings later, the Golden Eagles added two more runs to extend the
lead to 8-4. Goro picked up his second single of the ball game, scoring two
batters later as Domenico singled to center. Domenico advanced to second on the
play as the Sooner centerfielder misplayed the ball.
With two outs, Brandy answered again with his second run batted in on the
evening as he singled through the left side, plating Domenico.
The Sooners answered in the sixth and seventh innings with a pair of
runs in each. Hector Lorenzana shot one back up the middle with one out, taking
second following a walk to Anthony Hermelyn. After a pop out, both runners
scored on a Hunter Haley triple to left center to cut the lead to a pair.
In the next Oklahoma half inning, Craig Aikin got the Sooners started
with a bunt single, advancing to second on a single off the bat of Max White. Matt
Oberste, one of the hottest hitters in the country, added his third hit of the
game with a single to load the bases.
The first run of the OU seventh came on a wild pitch that allowed Aikin
to score with Lorenzana at the plate. Lorenzana eventually walked to load the
bases. After a strikeout, White scored on a misplayed ball by the ORU infield.
The Golden Eagle defense stepped up huge in the eighth and ninth
innings. With one out in the eighth, an Oklahoma batter laid down a great bunt,
but Williams picked up the ball and flipped it to first as he was falling into
the first base coaches box.
In the ninth, Oklahoma had a runner reach third base after he was hit by
a pitch and swiping second and third. However, he was gunned down at home by
Brandy on a groundball to second to keep the Sooners from scoring.
The contest came to an end in the 15th inning. Oberste singled with a
hard shot to the left single to lead the inning off. He moved to second on a
sac bunt from Carpenter, taking third on a groundout.
Mac James came to the plate with two outs, hit a liner to center. Colt
made a great effort to make a play on the ball, but it landed just in front of
his outstretched arm for the game winning hit.
It was the longest game the Golden Eagle baseball program has played in
since it went 16 innings with Centenary in 2008.
Domenico finished with a team high three hits. He drove in two runs and
scored twice in the contest.
Goro added two hits with a RBI and scored twice, while Williams and Colt
each had a pair of hits and scored.
Taylor Tryon picks up his first decision of his career, taking the loss
at two and two-thirds innings. He struck out one batter. Alec Smith entered the
game in the 10th inning and struck out four batters, who of which
ended innings with runners on base.
The Golden Eagles (5-14) and the Sooners (18-5) square off again
tomorrow evening in Norman. Game time is set for 6:35.