Offensive struggles bit the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Saturday as the Golden Eagles dropped the series finale 5-1 at McNeese State. ORU fell to 10-12 overall this season and 2-4 in Southland Conference play, while the Cowboys moved to 14-8 and 4-2 in league action.
Tyler Boss had a double and a single in the ball game, giving him seven hits for the series. Brandon Healy picked a couple of hits, including a double, while Graham McIntyre added a pinch hit RBI double in the ninth.
Gavin Glanz (1-2) took the loss in the game in four innings of work, allowing four runs on six hits. After Kyler Stout threw a third of an inning, Jordan Romano allowed just one hit to the Cowboys in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Lucas Quary had a big afternoon for McNeese with three hits, including a double, and a RBI. Andrew Guillotte also added a pair of doubles for McNeese, while Chayse Marion had two singles.
Kaleb Fontenot (2-0), a late decision to get the start, made his longest career outing of 7.1 innings and allowed just four hits in the victory.
Jackson Gooch, one of McNeese’s big bats in the series opener, struck early in the series finale as he delivered a single into shallow right to score two runs, giving the Cowboys a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Guillotte pulled his second leadoff double of the game down the left field line in the bottom of the fifth and scored on an ORU throwing error to extend the lead to 3-0. Quary added the fourth Cowboy run with a single into right to score James Cantu, and Marion scored on a balk to make the score 5-0.
Despite the three-run fifth for the Cowboys, there were a couple big defensive plays by the Golden Eagles. With the bases loaded and no outs, Healy made a diving snag at third and threw home to get the lead runner for the first out. A couple of batters later, again with the bases full of Cowboys, Domenico spoiled a potential sacrifice fly as he gunned down a runner from left who was trying to tag up and score. (inning?)
The Golden Eagles turned two double plays in the contest, moving their total to six in the series.
In the bottom of the ninth, Graham McIntyre broke the McNeese shutout bid has he followed a Boss double with a double of his own, to make the score 5-1.
ORU looks to get back on track on Tuesday night as the Golden Eagles host in-state rival Oklahoma. The Golden Eagles then host familiar foe Wichita State the following night at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.