ORU baseball’s pitchers and batters were challenged Friday afternoon in a 10-4 season opening loss to Southeast Missouri State.
Redshirt Senior Kurt Giller couldn’t quite shake the first game jitters as SEMO batted around in the first inning. The right hander allowed four runs on two hits and struck out one.
Giller was able to calm himself down after the first inning only giving up two more runs over the next four innings. He finished his first outing of the season going five innings giving up seven hits and allowing six runs, five of them earned.
The Redhawks’ bats were hot all day scoring ten runs on fourteen hits. and committing two errors. Southeast Missouri State first basemen Matt Tellor went three for three with a run batted in and two walks.
Southeast Missouri State pitcher Tyler Iago had a good outing in his first start of the season. The right hander pitched six strong innings allowing 2 runs on nine hits striking out four and walking none.
The Golden Eagles offense struggled in their first game scoring only four runs despite having twelve hits. The Golden eagles could not take advantage of their opportunities leaving ten men on base.
ORU had an opportunity in the seventh inning to make a comeback but couldn’t. SEMO pitcher Alex Winkelman hit three straight ORU batters to load the bases with no outs. Pre-season All Conference selections Jose Trevino and Tyler Boss both had at-bats during the inning but could not get on base. ORU left three on during the inning.
Center fielder Emmanuel Forcier went three for three in his ORU debut with a run scored and a walk. Boss and Anthony Sequeira both had two RBIs.