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Golden Eagles clutch hitting comes through late to defeat Omaha

ORU continued to swing red-hot bats and completed their second consecutive series sweep, defeating Omaha 14-6. They now lead the Summit League by two games.

The Golden Eagles continued their clutch hitting Sunday. After scoring six runs with two outs Saturday afternoon, the Golden Eagles matched that Sunday, scoring six more runs with two outs. The Golden Eagles scored 10 runs between the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, putting the game out of reach.

“We gave up the lead in the fifth and then got the momentum back to tie it up,” said Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “We were able to answer the bell and once you are able to start playing that complimentary baseball, you can go on somewhat of a run like we’ve been on.”

Audie Afenir continued to tear the cover off the ball Sunday. Afenir went 4 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs raising his batting average to a robust .385 on the season. Catcher Matt Whatley stole two more bases Sunday giving him a team-leading eight stolen bases on the season.

Kurt Giller earned his fourth win of the season. Giller had a rough fifth inning where he gave up a pair of two-run home runs, but otherwise had a nice start. He finished going five innings, giving up five earned runs, walking one batter and striking out four.

The Golden Eagles will now look ahead to Oklahoma State, who come in winning 4 of their last 5 games. Folmar knows that his team will have to be prepared Tuesday night.

“It comes down to what we’re doing on the mound, we have to get another good start,” said Folmar. “I think if we can put some at-bats together, especially early in the game, I think we’ll have a shot.”

The next game for ORU will be Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles will take on in-state rival Oklahoma State. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

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