BROOKINGS, S.D. (SDSU) – Baseball action scheduled for Sunday between South Dakota State and Oral Roberts has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions at Erv Huether Field.
Saturday’s game, which was suspended with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, will be recorded as a 5-3, five-inning victory for Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles were ahead 9-3 when play was suspended due to rain after scoring four times in the top of the sixth, but NCAA rules dictate that the score reverts back to the score of the last fully completed inning in a weather-shortened contest.
Oral Roberts jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings with a pair of two-out rallies. The Golden Eagles’ Isaac Coffey provided the opening salvo in the top of the first inning with a two-out, run-scoring double off the center-field fence, and later scored on Andrew Pace’s single to center field.
Jackrabbit starter Ryan Froom was removed from the game with an apparent non-throwing injury in the top of the second inning, after which ORU took advantage of three SDSU errors to tack on three more runs. A throwing error on what would have been the third out allowed a run to score before Spencer Henson clubbed his 15th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left.
SDSU chipped away, drawing to within 5-3 by scoring single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Nick Smith drove in each of the first two Jackrabbit runs on a run-scoring single in the third and sacrifice fly in the fourth.
In the fifth inning, Braeden Brown notched his second hit of the game and later scored on a base hit to left by Ryan McDonald that put runners at the corners with one out, chasing Golden Eagle starter Matt Gaskins from the game. ORU reliever A.J. Archambo ended the threat by starting an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.
The Jackrabbits, 25-19 overall and 17-9 in The Summit League, closes out the regular season with a three-game series Thursday through Saturday at North Dakota State. Thursday’s series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, North Dakota.