The ORU baseball team got back in the win column defeating IPFW 5-2 in Game 1 of the Saturday doubleheader.
Catcher Matt Whatley got ORU on the board early, crushing a two-run home run to left-center field to putting ORU ahead 2-0. The Golden Eagles would never give up the lead.
The Golden Eagles used small ball to score their other three runs Saturday afternoon bunting, advancing the runner and driving them in. Outfielder Nick Rotola, first baseman Brent Williams and second baseman Nick Roark all had RBI’s on sacrifice flies.
“Pitching came out and did their job today. Hitting wise, we know were really good up and down the lineup, we just did what we know we can do,” said right fielder Noah Cummings. “Energy was a lot better today.”
Starter Nick Wood was solid for the Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon. The Los Alamitos, California native threw five innings allowing just two earned runs on nine hits. Wood walked three and struck out a career-high eight batters. ORU pitchers struck out 13 IPFW hitters on the afternoon.
“We pitched well all day long. Outside of one inning where they strung a few hits together on us, I thought we were really good,” said ORU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Folmar. “Nick was really good and Grant [Glaze] did a nice job out of the bullpen, as well.”
The ORU baseball team crushed the Mastodons in Game 2 of the doubleheader defeating IPFW – to win the series.
The Golden Eagles were in cruise control as they scored a season-high 15 runs on 12 hits. IPFW pitchers walked 11 batters providing ORU with several opportunities to score.
Cummings led the way for ORU on offense in Game 2. The redshirt sophomore went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored.
“I’ve trying to stay the course. Just knowing that eventually the balls will start to fall and that’s what’s happening here,” said Cummings. “Just sticking to the process.”
The turning point for ORU came in the fourth inning when the team scored nine runs to take a 15-0 lead putting the game out of reach.
Freshman Trevor McCutchin pitched well in the first start of his collegiate career earning his first victory of the season in the process. McCutchin went four innings giving up no runs and only allowing one hit.
“Trevor came out and was really good [in Game 2]. It’s good to see him come on like that as the season progresses,” said Folmar. “He’s a guy that as the year winds down is going to be crutial to our pitching staff.”
The ORU baseball team moves to 4-2 in conference play and 13-10 overall.
The Golden Eagles will now have three days off before taking on Kansas State Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Cale Tims will get the start for the Golden Eagles. First pitch will be at 4 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.