BASE: Jackrabbits fall to ORU, 11-5

TULSA, Okla. - After winning a suspended game earlier in the day, Oral Roberts carried the momentum through to post an 11-5 victory over South Dakota State in the second game of a Summit League baseball series Saturday at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

ORU improved to 15-7 overall and 5-0 in The Summit League, while the Jackrabbits fell to 9-9 overall and 3-2 in league play.

The Golden Eagles struck for four runs in the bottom of the second inning and never trailed. After Jackrabbit starter Ryan Froom left the game with an apparent injury with one out and two runners on base, Sam Grellner walked against reliever Ethan Kenkel to load the bases and Dylan Snypes cleared the bases with a double to right-center. Snypes later scored on a base hit by Nick Roark.

SDSU answered with three runs in the top of the third to get back to within a run. Anthony Schneider drove in Phil Velez and Skyler Wenninger with a base hit for the first two runs and Nick Smith came across on an error later in the frame.

ORU countered with a three-run bottom of the fourth as Roark delivered his second run-scoring single of the game and Matt Whatley followed with a two-run home run to left field.

The Jackrabbits pulled to within 6-4 on a RBI single by Luke Ringhofer in the top of the fifth, but ORU answered with an unearned run in the home half of the frame.

SDSU's final run came in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Newt Johnson, but the Golden Eagles scored the final three runs of the game. Noah Cummings capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the eighth.

Whatley paced ORU's 14-hit attack with three hits in four trips to the plate.

The Jackrabbits' eight hits were spread among four players - Smith, Schneider, Ringhofer and Velez - with two hits each.

Josh McMinn earned the victory for ORU after striking out seven and walking two over six innings.

The series finale is scheduled for Sunday. First pitch has been moved up an hour to noon.

* Smith posted his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the season
* Matt Johnson's hitting streak ended at 17 games - tied for the third longest in the program's Division I history
* Ringhofer now has hit safely in 10 consecutive games
* All eight Jackrabbit hits were singles

SDSU 003 010 100 5-8-1
ORU 040 310 12X 11-14-1
SDSU: Ryan Froom, Ethan Kenkel (2), Brett Mogen (6) and Luke Ringhofer. ORU: Josh McMinn, Taylor Varnell (7), Grant Glaze (9) and Matt Whatley.
W-McMinn (4-1). L-Froom (3-2). Save-none.
HR: ORU-Matt Whatley (5), Noah Cummings (6).