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Late scores push Golden Eagles past Cowboys

The ORU baseball team once again used clutch hitting to beat Oklahoma St. 4-2 Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

ORU got on the board right away. After a Rolondo Martinez single, second baseman Matt Brandy drove a fastball out of the ballpark for a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.

The Cowboys answered in the top of the fourth. After a walk and a single, OSU scored on an RBI single and an RBI groundout to tie the game.

The Golden Eagles would not be denied late. In the bottom of the eighth with two outs, and runners at second and third, first baseman Anthony Sequeira lined a double into the gap in left to score the go-ahead run and give the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead.

“Brandy had a huge hit at the beginning of the game and had carried us,” said Sequeira. “I’d struggled up to that point. I just really wanted to help my team out.”

The biggest turning point in the game was in the top of the sixth. A double from OSU catcher Gage Green put runners on second and third with one out. Relief pitcher Tyler Buss retired the next two OSU batters to end the threat.

“I think that’s really big for him. That’s a guy who doesn’t have a lot of experience and to come into that atmosphere,” said Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “To be able to pitch out of a jam out like that’s going to do a lot for his confidence moving forward.”

The bullpen for the Golden Eagles pitched well Tuesday, going four innings allowing five hits, but no runs.

The Golden Eagles have now won eight straight games. They defeated their second Big 12 team this season after beating Texas Tech 9-7 back on March 17 and are starting to prove that they can play with anyone.

“I think the thing we try to do is go out and play well. I think if we go out and play well we can go out and beat anybody,” said Folmar. “It’s a lot of fun to play these kinds of games.”

The next game for ORU will be Friday, April 3, when the Golden Eagles go on the road against conference opponent South Dakota St. The probable pitchers for that game are Guillermo Trujillo (4-2, 4.22 ERA) and Adam Bray (3-2, 3.29 ERA).

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