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Late rally dooms Golden Eagles in Season Opener, fall to Indiana St. 9-5

Timely hitting and capitalizing on mistakes did the job for Indiana State as the Sycamores defeated the Golden Eagles 9-5 Friday afternoon.

Freshman Josh McMinn didn’t fare too well in his first collegiate appearance. McMinn came in relief of starter Bryce Howe in the seventh inning. He allowed three of the first four hitters he faced to reach base.

Indiana State first baseman Jeff Zahn hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 5. Catcher Kaden Moore followed with a two-run single to give the Sycamores a 7-5 lead.

McMinn gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits, one walk and no strikeouts in his one inning of work. He received the loss. Mistakes were also costly for ORU. The Golden Eagles made two errors leading to two unearned runs.

Sycamore’s right fielder Hunter Owen led the way offensively for Indiana State. The redshirt junior was involved in much of the Sycamores scoring. Owen went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI.

ORU starter Bryce Howe received a no-decision in the game. Howe pitched a solid game after a rough third inning where he gave up three runs. Howe went six innings giving up four runs (three earned) walking three batters and striking out three.

Second baseman Nick Roark got the Golden Eagles on the board early with a solo home run to left field to give ORU an early 1-0 lead.  ORU struggled to capitalize when they had opportunities going 2-11 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Micheal Hungate went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base.

The next game for the Golden Eagles will be tomorrow when ORU faces Indiana St. in Game 2 of the two game series. Redshirt senior Nick Wood will get the start for the Golden Eagles. First pitch is set to begin at noon.

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