The Oral Roberts University baseball team got a 12 strikeout performance from junior Alex Gonzalez in game one of a double header Saturday, winning the contest 7-2 before dropping the second game 12-9.
Battling injuries, Jose Trevino blasted a pair of three-run home runs in the first inning of each game. He finished the day with five hits and eight runs batted in, including a three for four outing in game two.
Kevin Cho and Logan Domenico combined for five hits in the two-game set, while Matt Brandy, Austen Colt and Brandon Healy had four hits on the day.
Alex Gonzalez was outstanding in the opening contest, striking out a season high 12 with just four hits in seven innings en route to his sixth victory of the season. Nathan Garza (0-4) was credited with the loss in game two, while Drew Bowen pitched four innings and allowed four runs in the start.
The Golden Eagles record moved to 14-26 overall and 9-8 in Southland Conference play. Sunday’s contest against Nicholls State (23-21, 6-11 SLC) is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Trevino quickly put the Golden Eagles on the board in the opening inning of the afternoon with a three-run blast that scored Cho and Domenico who each singled earlier in the inning.
The Colonels got on the board in the top of the fourth as Matt Richard doubled and scored two batters later on a Phillip Lyons double.
Already leading 3-1, the Golden Eagles quickly added four more runs to break open the game in the bottom of the fifth. After singles from Brandy and Domenico to start the inning, Trevino singled in his fourth RBI of the game to score Brandy. Domenico crossed the plate as Tyler Boss reached on an error by the Colonel shortstop.
On the same play as the misplayed groundball at short, the left fielder had his own issues fielding the ball which allowed Domenico to score and Trevino to advance to third. Trevino eventually scored on a groundout to give the Golden Eagles an 8-1 lead.
Nicholls added its final run of game one in the top of the ninth as Tyler Duplantis scored on an infield single from Mike Barba. Duplantis was the only Colonels with multiple hits in the first game.
Mike Suk took the loss for the Colonels, giving up six runs on nine hits in 4 innings on the mound.
In the second game, the Golden Eagles rattled off a season high 18 hits, nine more than the Colonels.
Eight of the nine ORU runs came in the first and the fourth innings. Three consecutive singles started the game for the Golden Eagles as the first run crossed the plate on a single by Domenico to drive in Cho. Trevino then followed with his game two home run to score both Brandy and Domencio.
In the fourth, ORU got RBI singles from Healy, Brandy and Domenico, scoring a fourth run on a sacrifice fly by Trevino, his fourth RBI of the game.
After the Colonels cut the ORU lead to 8-5, the Golden Eagles added their ninth run in the bottom of the fifth as Nate Goro started the inning with a triple and scored on a Williams sac fly.
Unfortunately, it was errors that doomed the Golden Eagles in the nightcap, committing two on a single play in the top of the seventh that allowed a pair of runs to cross the plate with two outs. That was followed by a single off the bat of Matt Richard that plated two more runs.
Brandon Jackson had three hits and scored twice in the second game for Nicholls, while Richard drove in three. Grant Borne came out of the bullpen to earn the victory and Jordan McCoy got the save.
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