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Golden Eagles crush Omaha, take Summit lead

ORU brought out the bats against Omaha Saturday afternoon, run-ruling the Mavericks 11-1 in eight innings. The Golden Eagles had 12 hits and scored runs late in innings.

Xavier Altamirano continued his great season with another spectacular outing. Altamirano threw seven innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits, walking one batter and striking out seven.

“We got two really good starts these first two days,” said Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “X was really good today, he was in the zone with all three pitches. He competed and the end result is what you get.”

The Golden Eagles took control of the game early. After scoring one run in the bottom of the second, they came back and scored four more runs in the bottom of the third.

The biggest hit of the inning came when designated hitter Audie Afenir drove a triple to the gap in right field, scoring two and putting ORU ahead 3-0. Afenir finished the game going 2 for 3 with two walks, one run and four RBIs.

The Golden Eagles gave Altamirano plenty of run support Saturday afternoon scoring 11 runs on 15 hits. They also scored seven runs with two out, which is an area ORU had struggled with earlier this season.

“When you’re scoring runs you better be good with two outs. If you’re not scoring with two outs your chances of scoring are cut down by a big percentage,” said Folmar. “If we continue to score with two outs, we’ll be a good club.”

ORU takes sole possession of first place in the Summit League with Saturday’s win. They improved to 7-1 in Summit League play.

“We’re not a finished product yet,” said Folmar. “As long as we keep doing what we’re doing, I like our chances in the end.”

The next game for ORU will be tomorrow when the Golden Eagles look to complete their second consecutive series sweep over Omaha at 1 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

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