BATON ROUGE, La. – Oral Roberts had 18 hits on Friday and the Golden Eagles posted a 22-7 win over eighth-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
ORU improved to 3-6, while LSU (8-2) saw the end of its seven-game winning streak. The teams will meet in Game 2 of the series at 3 pm CT Saturday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game can be seen on SEC Network + and can 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 shooting seven scoreless innings with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles were led at the plate by right fielder Caleb Denny, who was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and two runs scored. Second baseman Ryan Cash was 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and four runs.
“There are a lot of cliches’ that I can use to describe today,” said the 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 luckily, the game only counts as a loss. The game of baseball can put you down; last week, Jaden hill he was dominant and precise with his control.
“Today, he never really found a rhythm; Oral Roberts was very aggressive at the plate, and everything they hit seemed to find a niche. I felt really bad for the kid, because everything that could go wrong for him went wrong. But for sure Jaden will recover from this and be ready to come back next Friday night. Overall, for the team, this is something to forget, the best we can do is put it behind quickly. Tomorrow the score starts at 0 -0, and hopefully we’ll go 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 the left fielder. Gavin Dugas’ Simple RBI.
LSU reduced the gap to 8-7 in the second inning at first base. Tre ‘Morgan started a three-run double and designated hitter Cade Beloso added a sacrificial fly.
However, Oral Roberts exploded for an 11-run fourth inning to establish a 19-7 lead. The Golden Eagles added three runs in the fifth, before LSU’s freshman right-hander Michael Fowler He entered the contest and pitched four scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts.