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ORU Silences Missouri State Bats To Even Season Series

ORU Silences Missouri State Bats To Even Season Series

By Mike Morgan. CREATED Apr 2, 2014

Missouri State University was held to just four hits as Oral Roberts beat the Bears 4 to 1 in Springfield.

Here is the press release from Missouri State Sports Information.

Five Oral Roberts pitchers teamed up to hold Missouri State to just four hits in a 4-1 decision over the Bears Wednesday evening at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Pepe Gomez limited MSU to a single run on three hits over five innings, before the Golden Eagle bullpen slammed the door with four innings of one-hit ball.

Gomez (3-3) fanned four and walked two, allowing only a Blake Graham solo home run in the fifth, as the five ORU hurlers permitted just four baserunners over the final seven frames. Hayden Holley allowed a sixth-inning single to Eric Cheray before Colin Hightower worked a 1-2-3 seventh and Kyler Stout struck out the side in the eighth to give the Golden Eagle offense time to build on their one-run lead.

Jordan Romano closed the door on the Bears with a scoreless ninth, wrapping up his sixth save of the season with a 3-6-1 double-play grounder.

Audie Afenir drove in two runs, while Tyler Boss went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Anthony Sequeira added two hits in three at-bats to lead the ORU attack.

Just as they did in the two clubs' first meeting of the season--a 3-2 MSU win on Feb. 25--the Golden Eagles built a 2-0 lead behind the pitching of Gomez. Boss ignited a second-inning rally with a one-out single, starting a string of four consecutive ORU hits against Bears starter Jake Powers. Sequeira followed with a base hit to center before Brandon Healy's chopper to third put the home club on the board. Afenir put the finishing touches on the rally with a solid single to left that brought in Sequeira for a two-run Golden Eagle advantage.

ORU (13-14) threatened again in the third after a lead-off double from Logan Domenico, but Powers wiggled his way out of trouble by coaxing a pair of fly balls to left. The senior hurler also got a lift from his defense, as Aaron Meyer and Conor Smith teamed up to gun down Domenico at the plate to end the inning.

After mounting a threat in the second with a pair of singles and a walk, Gomez held the Bears in check until the fifth when Blake Graham connected on a one-out blast into the right-field bullpen for his first collegiate home run--and hit--to slice the Golden Eagle lead in half.

With two out in the seventh, Jose Trevino came through for the home club, driving in Emmanuel Forcier with a base hit to right center to extend the margin to 3-1. Afenir followed suit the following inning, laying down a squeeze bunt to bring in Boss after a wild pitch and a stolen base set up the scoring opportunity.

Powers (1-2) was tagged with the loss despite allowing just two runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 6.0 innings.

In addition to Graham's big hit, Cheray provided a bright spot for the MSU offense, going 2-for-2 with two walks to extend his streak of reaching base safely to nine consecutive plate appearances.

Missouri State (13-15) returns to action against Missouri next Tuesday (April 8) with a 6 p.m. game at Taylor Stadium in Columbia.