Great pitching carried the Golden Eagles as they defeated Oklahoma 5-0 on Tuesday night.
The story of the game Tuesday game was the performance by sophomore starter Cale Tims.
Tims was brilliant making only his second career start. He threw 6 2/3 shutout innings surrendering just four hits. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native struck out four and walked two.
“We played really well collectively tonight. I’m just trying to do whatever I can,” said Tims. “We have plenty of people capable of doing the job. It’s cool to be able to contribute for the team.”
The Golden Eagles got on the board late in the sixth inning. After second baseman Nick Roark singled to left field to lead-off the inning, catcher Matt Whatley lined a triple to the right field gap to give ORU a 1-0 lead. ORU scored four runs in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.
ORU would add a run in the eighth inning giving them a five-run lead.
“I’m so proud with who Cale has become as a pitcher and the way he has competed,” said Head Baseball Coach Ryan Folmar. “You see his growth and the way he’s matured and he’s a different guy.”
Whatley once again led the Golden Eagles at the plate. The sophomore All-American finished the night going with a double, triple, two runs scored and his team-leading 16th RBI of the season.
“I thought the difference was on the mound. Not only Cale, but I thought Josh [McMinn] pitched well, as well as Brady Womacks,” said Ryan Folmar. “On a night like tonight, it’s gonna be hard to score runs with the wind blowing as hard as it was. They were outstanding tonight.”
The win moves ORU to 11-9 overall this season and are now 6-2 in their last eight games against Big 12 opponents. The win also moved Tims to 2-0 on the season with both wins coming in consecutive starts.
The next game for ORU will be Friday, March 25 when the Golden Eagles take on the IPFW Mastodons in a three game series. Sophomore Bryce Howe (1-0, 4.18 ERA) will be on the mound for the Golden Eagles, who are looking for their second straight conference series win. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at J.L Johnson Stadium.