BATON ROUGE, La. — Oral Roberts pounded out 18 hits Friday and the Golden Eagles posted an 22-7 win over eighth-ranked LSU in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
ORU improved to 3-6, while LSU (8-2) saw its seven-game win streak end. The teams meet in Game 2 of the series at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game may be viewed on SEC Network+, and it may be heard on 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge.
LSU starting pitcher Jaden Hill (2-1) worked 0.1 inning and allowed eight runs on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts.
ORU reliever Evan Kowalski (1-0) earned the win by entering the game in the second inning and firing seven scoreless innings with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles were led at the plate by rightfielder Caleb Denny, who was 3-for-5 with six RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Ryan Cash was 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs.
“There are a lot of cliches’ I can use to describe today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “You’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are. And, fortunately, the game only counts as one loss. The game of baseball can humble you; last week, Jaden Hill was dominant and was pinpoint with his control.
“Today, he just never really found a rhythm, and everything Oral Roberts hit seemed to find a hole. I felt so bad for the kid, because everything that could go wrong for him did go wrong. But, Jaden will certainly rebound from this and be ready to go again next Friday night. Overall for the team, this is one to forget; the best thing we can do is put it behind us quickly. Tomorrow the score starts at 0-0, and hopefully we’ll come out and play a lot better.”
After ORU scored eight runs in the top of the first, the Tigers responded with three in the bottom of the frame, as the inning was highlighted by leftfielder Gavin Dugas’ RBI single.
LSU narrowed the gap to 8-7 in the second inning as first baseman Tre’ Morgan ripped a three-run double and designated hitter Cade Beloso added a sacrifice fly.
However, Oral Roberts erupted for an 11-run fourth inning to establish a 19-7 advantage. The Golden Eagles added three runs in the fifth, before LSU freshman right-hander Michael Fowler entered the contest and threw four scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts.