Bears Drop 5-1 Decision, Season Series to Oral Roberts
May 6, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Oral Roberts rode the bat of Jose Trevino and a strong performance from its pitching staff to notch a 5-1 victory over Missouri State Tuesday evening at Hammons Field. Trevino drove in three of the Golden Eagles' first four runs, while five ORU hurlers combined to limit the Bears to a single run on six hits to help the visitors claim the season series from MSU, two games to one.
Trevino, who finished the night 2-for-5 with a run scored, singled home ORU's first run of the night, then clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning to stake his club to a 4-0 lead. From there, the Golden Eagles bullpen took care of the rest, allowing just a fifth-inning run and stranding 11 MSU baserunners.
Giller (3-3) held the Bears to a hit and a walk over the first 2.0 innings in a predetermined short start, while reliever Denny Clement fanned three Bears and gave up just one hit in his 2.0 innings of work. Jacob Teague allowed the lone MSU run, which was unearned following a two-out error, and Kyler Stout contributed a scoreless inning as well. Jordan Romano closed the door with a two-inning save, fanning a pair of hitters while permitting just one hit.
ORU (26-22) raced out to a 1-0 lead after defensive miscues on the first two at-bats of the game presented an early scoring opportunity for the visitors. Austen Colt reached on a two-base throwing error to start the game, before Logan Domenico's bouncer to second was bobbled to put runners on the corners. Trevino followed with a line drive single to left that brought home Colt with the first tally of the night. MSU starter Andy Cheray recovered to limit the damage, coaxing a line out to right from Matt Brandy and striking out Tyler Boss and Graham McIntyre to keep it a one-run game.
The Bears (20-25) threatened to even the score in the home half of the first, getting a one-out walk to Dylan Becker, who then swiped second for his ninth steal of the season. But Giller struck out Tate Matheny looking and induced an inning-ending pop up from Spencer Johnson to preserve his early cushion.
The Golden Eagles added to their lead in the top of the fourth with a Brandon Healy RBI grounder after Cheray put the leadoff man on board with a walk. An Anthony Sequeira sacrifice moved McIntyre into scoring position and a wild pitch put the runner on third before Healy's chopper to third made it a 2-0 game.
Another walk--this one to Eric Cheray--and two more steals set up another scoring chance for MSU in the home half of the fourth. Once again, ORU pitched its way out of danger, as Clement fanned Patrick Drake after Cheray pilfered second and third, then retired Conor Smith on a fly ball to center.
Trevino's long home run--his ninth of the season--cleared the bullpen in left field following Cheray's third leadoff walk of the contest kicked off the fifth, doubling the Golden Eagle advantage to 4-0.
The Bears mounted a two-out rally in the last of the fifth to plate their only run of the night. Cory Kay drew a walk, and an error on Becker's bouncer to the right side put runners on the corners to set up Matheny's infield single that brought in Kay to cut the deficit to three runs.
But MSU came up empty in the seventh after putting its leadoff man on base, then saw its best chance for a big inning crumble in the eighth after a Matheny double and a Johnson base hit started the frame. Romano got Eric Cheray on a pop up, then blew third strikes by Smith and Matt Fultz to end the threat.
Matheny's 2-for-5 night paced the Bears' six-hit effort, and Becker added two hits and drew a walk in five trips to the plate.
Cheray (1-2) took the loss for MSU despite allowing just four hits and three walks over 6.0 innings of work. The left-hander gave up four runs (three earned) and matched a career high with six strikeouts. Reliever Sam Perez completed the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing a ninth-inning run on Domenico's two-out double, and three hits altogether.
Missouri State will take on Kansas in its final midweek contest of the season Wednesday (May 7) evening in a 6:35 p.m. tilt at Hammons.