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Martinez’s homer helps carry Golden Eagles to victory in Home Opener, defeat Wichita St. 6-4

The ORU baseball team gave Wichita St. a chance to get back into the game, but were able to close the door and secure a 6-4 win Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles used 10 different pitchers in the game as the team searches for a mid-week starter. The bullpen combined to go eight innings allowing just two hits and striking out 11 batters, but also walked 11 batters.

“Brady was good at the end, Holden was good at the end, Bill gave us some good innings in the middle, but I thought the big one for me was Josh,” said ORU Head Baseball Coach Ryan Folmar. “He had a rough inning last weekend and we knew we wanted to get him back out there and he really rebounded well.”

Pitcher Billy Lovvorn received the win for ORU. Lovvorn got ORU out of a big jam in the fifth inning when he induced a ground ball with two runners on and two outs. He pitched 2 1/3 innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

After missing several opportunities last weekend, the Golden Eagles received timely hits on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Roark started the scoring for ORU with an RBI-single in the bottom of the first inning. Center fielder Nick Rotola added an RBI-double with two outs in the bottom of the third inning giving ORU a 4-1 lead.

The biggest moment in the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Right fielder Rolando Martinez crushed a two-out, two-run homer to right to give the Golden Eagles a 6-1 lead. The Shockers would come back to score three more runs in the game making the home run even more important.

“I was just looking fastball and they ended up throwing me a slider,” said Martinez. “I swung, got the good piece of the bat on it and it just went out.”

Martinez had a terrific game at the plate going 3 for 3 with a home run a walk and two RBI.

“We found a way. We’re going to make some young mistakes because we’re so young still and we’re going to make some early season mistakes as well,” said Folmar. “Proud of the way we competed. We gotta play a lot better, but it’s good to beat a good club.”

The next game for ORU will be Friday, Feb. 26 when the Golden Eagles go on the road to take on Dallas Baptist. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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