Petree Wins Fourth-Straight With 5-0 Shutdown of ORU
March 17, 2012
SPRINFGIELD, Mo. - Sophomore pitcher Nick Petree turned in eight shutout innings to lead the Missouri State Bears to a 5-0 victory over Oral Roberts Saturday afternoon at Hammons Field. Petree struck-out a season high nine batters and ran his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 15 in his second-straight combined shutout.
Petree, who fanned five hitters while facing the minimum through the first three innings, won his fourth-straight start to improve to 4-1 on the year. The right-hander needed just 94 pitches to complete eight innings, scattering eight hits in all, before handing the ball to freshman lefty Tyler Burgess, who finished the game to register his eighth-consecutive scoreless outing.
With Petree in control on the mound, Missouri State's offense finally got going in the fifth, when Chaffin's one-out base hit plated the first two runs of the afternoon. Luke Voit kicked-off the rally by drawing a one-out walk before Brent Seifert delivered the first of three-straight hits with a double down the left field line to set the stage for Chaffin's line drive into left-center off ORU starting pitcher Mike Torrence.
The Bears added three more tallies in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a pair of defensive miscues by the Golden Eagles. After Conor Smith's lead-off single to center, ORU chose to make a play at second on pinch runner Joey Hawkins when Dylan Becker laid down a sacrifice bunt. Hawkins beat the throw, and both baserunners moved up a station on a wild pitch, resulting in ORU's decision to issue an intentional walk to Spiker Helms to load the bases. Kevin Medrano tapped softly back to the mound, but Golden Eagle reliever Lars Liguori's throw home was wild, allowing both Hawkins and Becker to score for a 4-0 MSU advantage. Voit capped the scoring with a sac fly to right to drive in Helms with the Bears' fifth run of the game.
Burgess gave up a lead-off walk to Brandon Healy and a one-out double to Jared Schlehuber in the ninth, but Brandon King flew out to left, and Nate Goro bounced out to second to end the game and extend the Golden Eagles' scoreless drought in the series to 14-straight innings.
In addition to big days from Seifert and Chaffin, MSU got a career day from Smith, who recorded his first two-hit game as a Bear.
Torrence (1-3) was tagged with the loss for ORU (9-9) after surrendering two runs on five hits over 5.0 innings.
The Bears and Golden Eagles conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. tilt at Hammons Field.