The ORU baseball team had to comeback late, but were able to defeat North Dakota State 6-3 in Game 1 of the back-to-back doubleheader.
“I thought we were just ok. I though both starts were a bit sluggish.” said ORU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Folmar. “We got good bullpen work today and were able to score when we needed to.”
The Golden Eagles were shaky coming out of the gate as starter Nick Wood struggled with his control in his four innings of work. Wood walked two batters, hit three batters, and also added two balks.
The Bison took an early 3-0 lead after ORU allowed three unearned off of two errors. The Golden Eagles also hit into three double plays in the first four innings including a bases loaded double play in the fourth inning.
The Golden Eagles didn’t stay down for long as they would score three runs in the sixth inning capped off by Chase Stafford’s two-run double off the top of the wall in left field to give ORU a 4-3 lead. They would not trail the rest of the game. First baseman Brent Williams launched his third homer of the season in the seventh inning to extend ORU’s lead to 6-3.
“The biggest thing has just been focusing on execution like having runners at first and second with less than two outs,” said Williams. “Doing that, focusing on the little things has allowed us to put some big inning together.”
Freshman Josh McMinn pitched very well out of the bullpen for the Golden Eagles after coming in relief of Wood. McMinn threw five innings allowing no runs or hits. He struck out four batters and walked just one.
“I thought Josh’s five inning today were the best he’s thrown since he’s been on campus,” said Folmar. “I thought he set the tone going into Game 2. Josh was really good.”
Williams finished the game going 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run and three runs batted in. He now has a team-leading 25 RBI on the season.
The ORU baseball team was able to hold on and defeat North Dakota St. 8-6 to sweep the doubleheader and series on Sunday afternoon.
The game was back and forth for the first few innings as the Bison and the Golden Eagles were trying to take control of the game. There were four lead changes in the first four innings before the Golden Eagles were able to take hold of the game.
The turning point for ORU came in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Golden Eagles scored four runs. After a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Rolando Martinez and a wild pitch pushed across two runs, left fielder Michael Hungate drove a two-run single through the left side of the infield to give ORU a 6-4 lead.
ORU would push across to more insurance runs in the fifth and eighth innings.
The bullpen was solid once again in game for ORU in Game 2. Right hander Grant Glaze pitched well in relief of starter Trevor McCutchin. The Canyon, Texas native pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing no runs and just three hits to earn his first career win. Glaze struck out three batters with no walks.
“Grant was really good as well,” said Folmar. “We overcame a couple of rough starts and were able to pick it up late.” The Golden Eagles swept their first series of the season. Sunday’s wins moved the team to 7-2 in conference play and 17-10 overall. The team is also averaging over nine runs per game in their last four contests.
The next game for the ORU baseball team will be Tuesday, April 5 when the Golden Eagles will take on Wichita State to begin a five game road trip. Sophomore Cale Tims (2-0, 2.95 ERA) will get the nod for Folmar’s squad. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas.