ORU pitchers surrendered three home runs as the Golden Eagles were unable to keep the ball in the ballpark and were shut out by Missouri St. 5-0 Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman Josh McMinn pitched well in his first collegiate start only making one mistake in the game, but the mistake cost him dearly. After getting behind in the count to Missouri St. catcher Eduardo Castro in the fifth inning, Castro turned on the McMinn pitch and sent it to the bullpen in left field for the game-winning solo home run.
McMinn pitched six strong innings allowing just one earned run on four hits. He struck out seven batters while walking only one.
Missouri St. outfielder Spencer Johnson and third baseman Jake Burger added two more home runs in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively to extend the Bears lead to 5-0.
ORU’s offense was quiet on Wednesday as the Golden Eagles had a runner on base in four consecutive innings, but were unable to get a big hit to drive in a run. Catcher Matt Whatley had the best day at the plate going 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. ORU hitters also struck out 11 times.
The Golden Eagles will return to Tulsa this Friday to take on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in a weekend series. Bryce Howe will get the nod for the Golden Eagles in Game 1. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium.