Tulsa, Okla. - Led by freshman Logan Domenico, Oral Roberts (11-13) defeated Louisiana Tech 9-1 on Friday as they honored the memory of their fallen teammate, Captain Ryan K. Iannelli, in the first Armed Forces Appreciation Night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Iannelli, former ORU baseball player and marine who died during combat operations in Afghanistan on September 28, was honored in a pregame ceremony in front of 1,235 friends and fans that came to pay their respects. Ryan's Father, Kenneth, threw out the first pitch with his mother Donna and sister Amanda looking on.
The Golden Eagles would play inspired baseball, putting together one of their best overall efforts of the season.
Domenico, who traded in his redshirt status earlier in the week to try and help spark ORU's struggling offense, led the Golden Eagles to victory with a double and three RBI on the night. Another freshman, Tyler Coker, also had a big impact by contributing a double and two RBI.
In all, ORU freshmen combined for six runs off four hits and six RBI in the game.
Mike Torrence (2-4) had his best pitching performance of the season, throwing seven innings, allowing one run off five hits with five strikeouts.
Louisiana Tech (13-13) was led by Jacob Derouen, who batted 1-4 and scored the Bulldogs' lone run.
Jeb Stefan (1-5) took the loss after giving up nine hits and eight runs in 5.1 innings pitched.
Brandon King got the Golden Eagles started with a base hit to open the fourth inning, advancing to second when Cam Schiller was hit by a pitch. Jose Trevino drove in the first run with an RBI-single into left field, scoring King. Then Bennett Pickar made it 2-0 after his grounder to third base was thrown in the dirt on a play at the plate by Louisiana Tech's Beau Bayliss which prevented catcher Tyler Qualls from applying the tag on Schiller who slid home safely.
The Golden Eagles would score four more runs on back-to-back hits after the error by Bayliss, starting with Coker's two-run single to right field that brought in Nate Goro and Trevino. Domenico collected his first RBI as a Golden Eagle on the next play, plating Coker and Pickar with a single to make it 6-0.
ORU added two runs in the sixth when Domenico brought Coker around to score from first with a double down the left field line to make it 7-0. Then, a double by Cho and a groundout by King scored Domenico, giving ORU an 8-0 advantage.
Louisiana Tech scored a run in the seventh, but it was answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI-double by Pickar extended the lead once again, 9-1.
ORU Baseball Alumni Day festivities will take place Saturday starting at 11 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium, followed by game two against Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m.
Admission is free for all baseball alumni and their families.
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