FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- An 11th-inning single by Oral Roberts
Kelly Minissale sent home the winning run in a 4-3 victory Friday
night by the Golden Eagles over Arkansas in the first round of the
NCAA Fayetteville Regional.
Oral Roberts (39-14) will now play Oklahoma State on Saturday at
7 p.m. in the winner's, with Arkansas (38-20) taking on Princeton
at 2 p.m.
The loss for Arkansas was its third straight _ its first
three-game losing streak of the season.
Oral Roberts pitcher Sean Jarrett (7-1), who came in to pitch in
the seventh inning, struck out three and gave up only two hits in
five innings to pick up the win.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning
when shortstop Tim Torres scored on Chad Rothford's double down the
But Arkansas began the third inning with three straight base
hits and evened the score when Craig Gentry scored on a single by
The Golden Eagles added another run in the fifth inning when
Brendan Duffy _ who had reached on a double to left field _ scored
from third on an infield double play. The Razorbacks responded
again in the bottom of the inning when Danny Hamblin hit his 17th
home run of the season to even the score at 2 runs each.
Hamblin had gone 0-for-12 before hitting his game-tying homer,
dating back to a solo home run against Auburn on May 20.
After ORU scored its third run of the game in the sixth inning
on a triple by Brian Aguailar, Arkansas evened the score again in
the seventh inning when designated hitter David Hum hit a sacrifice
fly to score Stephen Robison. Robison was pinch-running for Clint
Arnold, who reached base on a hit to right field.
Arkansas starter Nick Schmidt lasted eight innings. Reliever
Charley Boyce (3-3), who pitched just one inning, took the loss by
delivering the pitch that Minissale hit in the 11th to score the
ORU who tied a season-high of 15 base runners stranded.
An 11th-inning single by Oral Roberts Kelly Minissale sent home the winning run in a 4-3 victory Friday night by the Golden Eagles over Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.