How did Oral Roberts come into Sewell-Thomas Stadium and defeat Alabama in a series-opening baseball game Friday night? The short answer is the Golden Eagles scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to break away from a tie ball game and earn a 6-3 decision over the Crimson Tide.
The deeper answer, according to Alabama Coach Greg Goff: “I thought we got outplayed in all facets of the game by a better team.”
He said, “We’ve got to be able to manufacture runs and get situational hits, especially on Friday night. We had some things that hopefully our players will learn from moving forward. I know our guys are going to be excited about coming out here [Saturday] and trying to even up the series against a good Oral Roberts team.”
Game two of the three-game series is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Alabama, now 4-2 on the season, will pitch junior right-hander Jake Walters. Oral Roberts will pitch sophomore right-hander Josh McMinn.
For Bama, Keith Holcombe went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in; Cody Henry was 2-4 with a run scored; and Cobie Vance had his first career triple and drove in two runs.
Oral Roberts used three singles in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead.
Alabama evened the score in the bottom of the third. Holcombe led off with an infield single and Chandler Avant drew a walk. Vance’s triple tied the score at 2-2.
A single by Henry and a walk to Connor Short in the fourth, followed by a Holcombe single gave the Tide a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
From there it was all Oral Roberts in the scoring column as the Golden Eagles tied it in fifth, went up by two in the seventh, and closed out the scoring in the eighth.