NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A home run and a double from Tyler Boss wasn’t enough for the Oral Roberts baseball team on Friday night as they fell to Stephen F. Austin in the ninth in Nacogdoches, Texas, 6-5.
Boss started the ninth inning with a double to center. After he advanced to third on a groundout by pinch hitter Joey Migliaccio, Kevin Cho ripped a single back up the middle to score Boss to tie the game at five.
However, in the bottom of the inning, the Lumberjacks loaded the bases with a single from Rene Moreda, a bunt single off the bat of Brett Thornell and an intentional walk to Hunter Dozier with no outs.
Freddy Villalobos ended the contest with a sac fly to center to score Moreda.
ORU drops to 9-19 overall and 4-3 in Southland play, while the Lumberjacks move to 13-16 and 3-4 in the SLC. The Golden Eagles look to snap their current skid on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series at 2 p.m.
ORU opened the scoring in the top of the third inning.
Cho singled up the middle and Austen Colt reach on a bunt single to get the inning started. Following a second consecutive bunt moved both runners up a base, setting up a RBI off the bat of Graham McIntyre to plate Cho.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the Jacks to answer. In the bottom of the inning, SFA added a pair of singles of their own from Zach Benson and Moreda. Thornell followed Moreda with a pop into foul ground, caught by Nate Goro running away from the infield, but deep enough to score Benson to tie the game.
Much like the third, the Golden Eagles started the fourth with a couple of hits, this time Jose Trevino led off with a single and Matt Brandy hit a double just inside the left field line.
Boss then picked up his first RBI of the contest with a deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in left-center to push Trevino across. The Golden Eagles added a second run in the inning with a sac bunt from Cho to score Brandy.
The Jacks yet again answered the Golden Eagle scoring in the bottom of the inning as their big offensive threat, Hunter Dozier, reached with a leadoff single through the left side, scoring with two outs on a SFA groundout.
Trevino ended the third inning by throwing out Moreda trying to steal second. It was Trevino’s 11th runner he has thrown out trying to steal this season.
ORU hold its 3-1 lead until the top of the sixth with Boss blasted a shot over the wall in left-center for his second home run of the season.
Boss finished the game with two extra-base hits, two runs and a pair of RBI’s. Cho also finished with two hits and two RBI’s.
But for the third time in the game, the Jacks answered in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead on three hits, and a walk.
In the inning, Freddy Vallalobos drew a walk and scored on a Max Lamantia double down the left field line. Lamantia then scored as Mackenzie Handel singled and Matthew Dickey, who entered to pinch run for Handel, scored a couple of batters later on a Joseph Olson single up the middle.
Alex Gonzalez, who got the start of the Golden Eagles, turned the ball over to Alec Smith after the first batter of the seventh. Gonzalez allowed nine hits and five earned runs, but struck out seven batters.
Smith earned the loss in the contest with an earned run on four hits. He struck out three batters.