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Defense backs up second inning runs

Two second inning runs and critical plays on defense gave ORU a 2-0 win over Incarnate Word Wednesday night.

ORU improved to 9-10 overall. The game was counted as a non-conference game despite the fact that both teams are Southland Conference members.

The only two runs of the game came in the second inning. On the first pitch of the bottom of the inning, Jose Trevino hit a solo homerun over the left corner wall. It was the fourth homerun for Trevino this season.

Later in the inning, Logan Domenico doubled, and would be batted in by Audie Afenir on a single.

Those two runs would be enough for the Golden Eagles. The defense would do the rest of the work for the win.

Pepe Gomez started the game at pitcher and got the win. He pitched seven innings and threw six strikeouts, both career highs for him.

Jordan Romano came in during the eighth inning and recorded his fourth save of the season.

The biggest moment of the game for the defense came in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded for Incarnate Word.

Romano snagged a grounder hit right at him and threw it back to Afenir for the force out at home. Afenir then gunned it to first base to get the third out and get the team out of danger.

Incarnate Word would record a hit in the top of the ninth, but Romano struck out the final two batters of the game.

ORU’s next series is this weekend on the road against McNeese State. The next home game comes on March 25, when ORU takes on Oklahoma.

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