ORU’s season came to an end on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to Lamar. In arguably the biggest game of the season, the Golden Eagles could not find a way to score.
The Golden Eagles had a runner in scoring position in three different innings, but could only score once on a RBI bunt single by Brandon Healy in the bottom of the second inning.
Despite the hitting struggles, the pitching staff continued their successful season. Starter Guillermo Trujillo pitched seven innings, throwing seven strikeouts and only allowing one earned run.
Lamar’s win gave them the last spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Cardinals finished in eighth place in the conference with a 16-14 conference record.
The Golden Eagles are left on the outside looking in this postseason, missing the conference tournament by one game. The Golden Eagles held their destiny in their own hands but could not capitalize on their opportunities.
They ended the season 30-26 record overall, and finished ninth in the Southland Conference with a 15-15 record.
Even though this season did not turn out like the Golden Eagles planned there were bright spots throughout the year.
The Golden Eagles swept in-state rival Oklahoma, who was ranked No. 28 in the country at the time. They also beat Oklahoma St., who is currently ranked as the No. 7 team in the country, as well as Texas Tech, the No. 23 team in the country.
Second baseman Matt Brandy had an excellent season for the Golden Eagles. The junior hit .277 with 8 doubles and 30 runs scored. He finished tied for second on the team in home runs with three and second in RBI’s with 36.
Preseason all-conference players Tyler Boss and Jose Trevino both had great years for the Golden Eagles. Boss finished the season hitting a robust .347 which was sixth highest in the conference. He also hit 3 home runs and 34 RBI’s.
Trevino rediscovered his power stroke this season hitting .304 with 10 home runs, tied for most in the conference, and 43 RBI’s, a team high and fourth highest in the Southland Conference. Both Boss and Trevino are contenders to receive some post season awards.
Next spring, the team will return to the Summit League, a conference they dominated, winning 15 championships in a row.