TULSA, Okla. - Arkansas might have the upper hand on the overall series. But after Tuesday night there's no denying Oral Roberts is in complete control of the Razorbacks as of late.
Led by a complete-game outing from starting pitcher Kelly Minissale, the Golden Eagles (25-8) completed the two-game season sweep against Arkansas. And just like last week in Fayetteville, Oral Roberts handled the Diamond Hogs in convincing fashion with a 12-2 win in front of a crowd of 1,883 at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
"This week it really was a massacre," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "Last week, we lost 9-4 and I guess it was a massacre. But this week you could say it was."
The victory gave ORU its first season sweep over Arkansas (19-16) in a year where the Golden Eagles and Razorbacks played more than one regular season game. It also showed clearly that Oral Roberts is just simply the better team after easily handling the Diamond Hogs twice this year.
"They've got a good team," Van Horn said. "But you think about it. We walked about six batters, hit another two. And they drove them all in.
"Then we didn't do a whole lot. We had our chance in the first inning and Logan (Forsythe) grounds out. We had some other opportunities and we just didn't get it done."
Minissale entered Tuesday with a 7.24 earned run average in six appearances. But against the Razorbacks he was in rare form, limiting Arkansas to nine hits while striking out a career-best eight hitters.
On the other side, Arkansas pitchers Kendal Korbal, Travis Hill, Chad Pierce and Evan Cox struggled to find the strike zone, combining for seven walks and three hit batters in the loss.
"You know, we're pitching with midweek guys," Van Horn said. "But so are they."
Oral Roberts got all the runs it needed with three in the first. But it was in the sixth inning where the Golden Eagles broke the game open, scoring six times to take an 11-0 lead at the time.
"Obviously they're in the SEC and we're in The Summit League," Oral Roberts coach Rob Walton said. "But I don't look at it like what conference each team is in. Basically I've changed our schedule so that we're playing SEC talent every week.
"So I'm going to put my schedule against any team from the SEC or the Big 12 and it will match up."
ORU 12, Arkansas 2
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