The Golden Eagles missed several opportunities to score runs as they fell to the Indiana State Sycamores in 13 innings on Saturday afternoon.
ORU right hander Brady Womacks received two quick outs to begin the bottom of the 12th inning. Indiana State infielder Dane Tofteland turned on a 0-1 fastball from Womacks, hitting a triple to the wall in center field. Catcher Kaden Moore followed with a single through the right side to drive in the game-winning run for the Sycamores.
Moore led the way for the Sycamores on offense going 3 for 6 with a double and the game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning.
The turning point in the game was in the bottom of the ninth inning. Nathan Garza struggled with his command in the ninth. After a lead-off double by ISU’s Andy DeJesus, Garza hit the next batter and through a wild pitch. He would eventually allow the game-tying run on a single two batters later
ORU can blame this loss on a lack of execution. The Golden Eagles started the third, fourth and fifth inning with runners on first and second with nobody out, but could not score.
The team also struggled to capitalize with runners in scoring position for the second day in a row. ORU went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position, while the Sycamores went 2 for 13.
The Golden Eagles got back to back home runs from second baseman Nick Roark and catcher Matt Whatley to lead-off the top of the eighth inning to give ORU a 2-0 lead.
Whatley was the bright spot for the Golden Eagles on offense. The sophomore back top went 3 for 6 in the game with a home run. Starter Nick Wood gave ORU a quality performance. Wood went five innings allowing only three hits, walking two batters and striking out two.
The next game for ORU will be Tuesday, Feb. 23 when the Golden Eagles take on Wichita State in their home opener. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.