BEAUMONT, Texas – Alex Gonzalez pitched a gem and Tyler Boss was perfect at the plate as the Oral Roberts University baseball team blanked Lamar, 8-0, on Friday night at Vincent-Beck Field.
Gonzalez earned his seventh win of the season as he went eight innings, struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits. His seven strikeouts gives him a Southland Conference best 101 for the season.
The Golden Eagles improve to 16-25 overall and 11-8 in Southland Conference action, while Lamar falls to 33-13 overall and 12-7 in the SLC, snapping its seven game conference winning streak.
Tyler Boss led the Golden Eagles with four hits in four at bats, including a two-run home run in top of the fifth.
Logan Domenico finished with three of hits and three runs batted in, while Nate Goro, Brandon Healy and Austen Colt each finished with two hits.
The Golden Eagles outhit the Cardinals, the top hitting team in the Southland, 13 to four.
One of the more efficient pitchers in the conference, Lamar starting pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic issued four walks in the first two innings of the game. Dziedzic finished the contest with five walks. A total of six Cardinal pitchers walked eight Golden Eagles and hit one.
Beginning the top of the seventh, the Cardinals made a pitching move and the Golden Eagles welcomed the bullpen with four runs on five hits in the half inning.
Dziedzic took the loss for the Cardinals after going seven innings with three runs, but did strike out nine ORU batters.
Game two of the series is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Vincent-Beck Stadium.