The ORU baseball team opened their 2015 season over Valentine’s Day weekend by defeating Memphis two-games-to-one.
The Golden Eagles won the opener Friday afternoon, 3-1. The teams played a double-header on Saturday with possible inclement weather impending on the scheduled Sunday game.
ORU capitalized on a four-run first inning to win game one of the double-header 6-3.
“In the first game we created more opportunities,” Head Coach Ryan Folmar said. “We had a big first inning and created opportunities by drawing some walks and getting a hit batter and getting some timely hits.”
Redshirt freshman Noah Cummings broke from anonymity in the early Saturday game with the first homerun of the 2015 season; a solo shot to left field. He finished with three RBIs and a run in the game.
ORU struggled to produce base runners in the final game of the series and lost 6-1.
“We got lost there in the middle of the game again,” Folmar said. “It’s something we’re going to have to address. You’ve got to beat pitchers like that. He had a good arm and good stuff. We’ve got to find a way to create some offense there.”
It was the first opening series win for the Golden Eagles since 2009.
“It adds a little bit of confidence anytime you can beat a good club and win a series,” Folmar said. “But none of them carry over, and we understand we have to be back to work on Monday.”
Anthony Sequeira had a strong weekend at the plate. The senior went 6-for-10 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Guillermo Trujillo got the opening day start and went seven innings, giving up four hits and one run.
Kurt Giller went 6.2 innings and had five strikeouts in game two. He was credited with the win.
Xavier Altamirano gave up two earned runs on six hits in the game three loss.
Closer Kyler Stout entered in the ninth inning of game one and the eighth inning of game two. He recorded saves in both games, retiring all eight batters he faced. The effort earned him Summit League Pitcher of the Week Honors.
“We’re a work in progress,” Folmar said. “I think you see some good things from the weekend. You also see a lot of things where we can improve on. The good sign is we have a lot of areas to improve. But we beat a good club twice, so that’s a good part of it.”
The Golden Eagles start a home series against SIU Edwardsville today with game one starting at 2 p.m. Game two follows at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. with all games at J.L Johnson Stadium.