Baseball Bears Jump on ORU Early, Grab 13-3 Win
TULSA, Okla. -- Missouri State scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back Friday evening in a 13-3 non-conference baseball win over Oral Roberts at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.
Missouri State improved to 9-16 overall while snapping ORU’s six-game win streak and dropping the Golden Eagles to 11-11.
The Bears had a 2-0 lead four pitches into the game after Travis McComack singled and Aaron Conway drilled his fourth home run of the year to left. ORU’s Seth Furmanek followed the homer by walking Kevin Medrano and Luke Voit before Christian Overstreet bunted both runners into scoring position with the first out. Beau Stoker drove in Medrano with a ground out and Tyler Ryun singled home Voit as the final blow in a four-run MSU first.
Missouri State began the second with three straight baserunners and extended the lead to 5-0 when Conway legged out an infield single and Keenen Maddox scored from third. Medrano followed with an RBI single to plate McComack and end Furmanek’s day after an inning and four batters. Reliever Dan Martony recorded one out before yielding a three-run bomb to Overstreet that put the Bears ahead 9-0.
Voit climbed back into a tie for the team home run lead in the fourth with a one-out solo shot, matching Conway and Overstreet with four bombs and extending his streak to seven consecutive games with an RBI.
The Bears struck again in the sixth, beginning with a hot-shot off Voit’s bat that resulted in an error and Conway scoring from second for an 11-0 lead. A walk followed to load the bases with nobody out and Barrett Noirfalise came through with a two-out RBI single to make it 12-0 MSU.
ORU scored on a passed ball in the sixth to break up the shutout, and Conway plated Maddox with an RBI ground out in the ninth for MSU’s final run. ORU scored two in the bottom of the ninth off Sean Toler.
The top five in the MSU batting order combined for 12 hits, nine RBIs and 11 runs. Conway matched his career high with four RBIs and Medrano logged his second straight four-hit day to raise his batting average to .418.
Aaron Meade pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two singles and a walk while fanning four. He left in the fifth inning with elbow tightness, leaving the game as a precautionary measure. He will evaluated further when the team returns to Springfield.
Blake Barber (2-2) relieved Meade and picked up the win, yielding three singles and striking out four over 3.2 innings.
The two teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday in Tulsa.