The ORU bats led the way in a 15-8 upset over ninth ranked Oklahoma State Tuesday night. It is the team’s first win over a top 10 opponent since they beat Baylor on June 1, 2012.
The Golden Eagles scored one run in the first, five in the second, five in the fifth and four in the seventh.
ORU first baseman Anthony Sequeira said the offense is picking up their play.
“We started off slow this year, and now we’re able to help the pitching out. We’re all getting rolling,” said Sequeira.
The Golden Eagles quickly jumped to a 6-1 lead after two innings, but the Cowboys caught up and took an 8-6 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
ORU responded by scoring five runs in the fifth and taking a lead that they would not relinquish.
With runners on second and third, Austen Colt knocked in a run and Logan Domenico followed with a two run double, giving the Golden Eagles the 9-8 lead. RBI singles from Jose Trevino and Matt Brandy upped ORU’s lead to 11-8.
Singles from Tyler Boss, Brandy and Sequeira brought a combined four runs in the seventh inning, lifting the score to 15-8.
Oklahoma State’s offense played well, scoring eight runs on 11 hits, but their pitching staff just didn’t get it done.
Miscues hurt the Cowboys as well. They committed four errors that led to an important five unearned runs for the Golden Eagles.
ORU head coach Ryan Folmar said he was happy with his team’s resilience.
“The key to the game tonight for me was the way we responded. We jumped out to an early lead, we give up the lead [and] we actually go in the hole a couple runs, but we were able to respond,” said Fulmer.
Folmar also talked about how much winning against a ranked opponent means to the team.
“I think it adds confidence and validity to what you’re doing on a regular basis,” he said. “We’re taking it game by game, but I’m proud of the way we’re getting better.”
ORU infielder Jose Trevino had three hits in the game, giving him a team leading 49 for the season.
Brandy and Boss led the team with three RBIs each.
Tuesday marked ORU’s third win over a ranked opponent this season. The Golden Eagles defeated No. 28 Oklahoma twice.
ORU is on the road this weekend for a three game series against Southland Conference opponent Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
The next home game for the Golden Eagles will be Tuesday, April 29 at J.L. Johnson Stadium, when they take on No. 23 Texas Tech.