ORU’s baseball team opened their Southland team with a dominating 15-0 win over Northwestern State.
The Golden Eagles improved to 8-8 overall and 1-0 in Southland Conference play.
The game ended after seven innings because of the Southland Conference’s mercy rule. If a team leads by 10 runs after the seventh inning, the game is called.
ORU had a solid day on the mound from senior Kurt Giller. He pitched all seven innings and shutout Northwestern State’s offense. Giller allowed six hits but also struck out eight batters.
On offense, ORU started the game fast with a seven run first inning. Tyler Boss got things started with a three RBI double. Shortly after, Audie Afenir hit a grand slam into the right field corner to give ORU a commanding lead.
In the fourth inning, ORU added four more runs to their total. A sacrifice fly from Matt Brandy and a single by Jose Trevino both resulted in RBIs. A couple batters later, Austen Colt hit a two RBI single.
In the sixth, ORU finished the game off by scoring three more runs. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for ORU. Afenir was able to steal home after a wild pitch, then Brandy batted in the final two runs with a double.
Brandon Healy, Trevino and Colt all went three for four on the day. Afenir led the team with four RBIs. Brandy and Boss both had three RBIs.
The Golden Eagles will continue the home series against Northwestern State on Saturday with a double header. First pitch of the first game starts at noon. The second game starts 30 minutes after the end of the first game.