ORU fell to No. 19 Texas Tech 4-1 in extra innings Tuesday night.
After 11 innings of tied baseball, Texas Tech finally broke the game open in the top of the 12th inning.
After a disputed fair/foul call went against the Golden Eagles, Texas Tech hit a towering drive off the top of the top of the right center field wall for a leadoff triple.
Jordan Romano came in the game to try and keep the game close for the Golden Eagles, but to no avail. Romano walked the first batter he faced, and threw a wild pitch that went all the way back to the screen, allowing a run to score from third base. This gave the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th inning.
Texas Tech designated hitter Adam Kirsch had a big game for the Red Raiders. He hit a clutch RBI double in the top of the 12th inning to give the Red Raiders an insurance run. It was his third double of the game.
The Golden Eagles had several opportunities to score runs, but failed to capitalize. The biggest blow came in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Tyler Boss led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the left field line. Matt Brandy’s sacrifice bunt then moved Boss to third base with one out.
All that the Golden Eagles needed at that point was a fly ball to win the game, but they couldn’t get it. Joey Migliaccio and Audie Afenir both struck out swinging to spoil a golden opportunity.
The Golden Eagles left men in scoring position in the sixth, eighth, tenth and eleventh innings.
One bright spot for the Golden Eagles was starter Kurt Giller, who had one of his best outings of the year.
Even after giving up an RBI double in the 4th inning he remained calm and in control. The right hander threw seven strong innings giving up just 3 hits and allowing only one run. He struck out five and walked two.
ORU’s will be at it again this weekend for a three game series against Central Arkansas.
The next home game for the Golden Eagles will be on Friday, May 9, when they take on Abilene Christian at 6:30pm.