Minissale's missile gives Oral Roberts a win

Updated: June 3, 2006, 12:49 AM ET
Associated Press

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 third-base line.

But Arkansas began the third inning with three straight base hits and evened the score when Craig Gentry scored on a single by James Ewing.

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 winning run.

ORU who tied a season-high of 15 base runners stranded.


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