The ORU baseball team gave up a late inning lead and lost to Dallas Baptist 4-2 on Sunday. DBU completed the four game weekend sweep.
After leading 2-0 for seven innings the Golden Eagles looked to be in control. Starter Xavier Altamirano was throwing a no-hitter and looked unhittable at times. That’s when it all unraveled.
Altamirano allowed a base hit through the right side which led to a pitching change. Closer Kyler Stout came in and gave up a pair of doubles leading to four Dallas Baptist runs.
ORU’s offense struggled once again to find ways to score. The Golden Eagles left men in scoring position
“If we execute and get a couple two-out base hits here and there, it’s probably a different weekend,” said Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “We have to find a way and I have to find a way to get over the hump.”
The Golden Eagles received a great outing from Altamirano, who pitched a gem. In seven innings of work, he allowed only hit and one earned run. Altamirano struck out seven batters, walked three and was able to pitch around those walks allowing no runs to score each time.
“The last 14 innings he’s been really, really good. We’ve got to get some help for him out in the bullpen,” said Folmar. “We’ve got to get better, but we knew how good he could be.”
Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, left fielder Logan Domenico left the game in the 7th inning after making a sliding grab that at the time preserved Altamirano’s no hitter. Folmar didn’t specify Domenico’s injury. He will be re-evaluated Monday.
“We’re not sure yet. We got a lot of guys who got banged up this weekend,” said Folmar. “We’re going to limp in Tuesday and hopefully be ready for conference play next weekend.”
The Golden Eagles will now go on the road to face in-state rival Oklahoma on Tuesday night in Norman. They will come back home Friday to start conference play against North Dakota St.