The Golden Eagles finally woke up the bats Tuesday night as the offense helped carry them to a 5-1 victory over Oklahoma on the road.
After an Emmanuel Forcier single pushed across the first run of the game, Matt Whatley stepped up and provided a two out, two RBI single that gave the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead. They would add two more runs for insurance in the eighth and ninth inning.
Whatley had a big day for the Golden Eagles offensively and defensively. He went 2 for 4 at the plate with three runs driven in and threw out both runners who attempted to steal. Audie Afenir also went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
The pitching staff as a whole did the job for ORU. The combination of Bryce Howe, Jacob Teague, Jacob McDavid, Colin Hightower, Anthony Sequiera, Nathan Garza and Kyler Stout kept the Sooners off balance enough to get a win.
No pitcher for the Golden Eagles pitched more than 2 2/3 innings after most of the staff was used in this past weekend’s Dallas Baptist series.
Howe highlighted ORU’s pitching carousel in his first collegiate start ever. Howe struck out five of the eight batters he faced to start the game.
After a rough outing Sunday, Stout came back looking unhittable against the Sooners. He struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.
Golden Eagles left fielder Logan Domenico did not play in Tuesday’s game after being injured on a sliding catch Sunday vs. Dallas Baptist, making it his first missed game in almost two years. He had played in 157 straight games.
The next game for ORU will be Friday, March 13 when the Golden Eagles begin their conference season against North Dakota St. at J.L. Johnson Stadium. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m.