Jose Trevino saved the Golden Eagles from what could have been an extremely disappointing game on Thursday night.
Trevino hit a walk-off single to bring Graham McIntyre home to give ORU a 6-5 win over Houston Baptist in the bottom of the ninth.
ORU improved to 20-17 overall and 8-8 in Southland Conference play.
If things would have gone as planned, ORU wouldn’t have had to play the bottom of the ninth. Going into the final inning, ORU held a 5-2 lead with Jordan Romano expected to get his 10th save of the season.
Two errors and three unearned runs later, HBU had tied the game at five. A single and a double quickly put two runners in scoring position.
The next batter up would have been a simple groundout, but an error on the throw to first allowed the runner to reach and allowed a score to come in.
The very next batter was the same story. An E1 allowed the batter to reach and allowed a run to score, pulling HBU within one. Without the errors, ORU would have had three outs and ended the game.
The tying run came off of a bunt. Romano tried to get the ball to Audie Afenir at catcher but Afenir was off the plate and HBU had tied the game.
ORU’s bats were still able to finish the game in regulation though. McIntyre led off with a single. A sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch advanced him to third and Trevino finished the job with a grounder that got past the infield.
The bulk of ORU’s scoring came in the second inning. A two RBI single by Joey Migliaccio put the first runs on the board, and then an RBI double by Brandon Healy put ORU up 3-0 early.
RBI singles by Matt Brandy in the fifth and by Anthony Sequeira in the eighth accounted for two more Golden Eagle scores.
Tyler Boss went three for four on the day with two singles and a double. Trevino made up for his 0-3 in the first seven innings with a double in the eighth and the walk-off single in the ninth.
Romano was given the win, his second of the season. Guillermo Trujillo got the start, and Kurt Giller and Kyler Stout also saw time on the mound.
ORU and HBU will play game two of the series Friday at 6:30 at JL Johnson Stadium.