April 15, 2010

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Sowers leads Oral Roberts past Southern Utah

TCU tops BYU, Dallas Baptist beats Grambling State for 1,500th win


In Cedar City, Utah, Brett Sowers went 4 for 5 with three runs as Oral Roberts won the Summit League series opener with Southern Utah 14-4 Thursday at Thunderbird Park in a run-rule game called after eight. Bryce Smolen (4-2) went the distance for the Golden Eagles (5-0, 17-14), allowing eight hits and four earned runs in eight innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Seth Furmanek (2 for 4, 3 RBI) (pictured) had a RBI single in a two-run first for ORU. The Thunderbirds (1-4, 7-24) tallied two in the third to tie the game. Joey Winiecki (2 for 5, 3 RBI) had a two-run single to spark a four-run fifth as the Golden Eagles took the lead for good. Joe Goldenberg (3 for 4) homered in the sixth and eighth for SUU, while Bennett Pickar (2 for 4, 3 R) belted a three-run homer in the eighth for ORU.


No. 12 TCU 14, BYU 8

In Provo, Utah, Jason Coats had three hits and three RBI to lead TCU past BYU in the opener of their Mountain West series at Miller Field. Leading 6-3 after seven, Coats had a RBI double in a seven-run eighth that put the game away. Coats had a two-run homer in the first to start the scoring. Jerome Pena (3 for 5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI), Josh Elander (3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI), Brance Rivera (3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI) and Aaron Schultz (3 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) all had big days at the plate for the Horned Frogs (6-3, 25-7). Brandon Relf (3 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Jonathan Cluff (3 for 5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) paced the offense for the Cougars (4-6, 16-17). Matt Purke (5-0) allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts to earn the win.


Dallas Baptist 14, Grambling State 1

In Dallas, Will Lane fanned eight in seven innings to lead Dallas Baptist past Grambling State. It was the 1,500th win in school history for the Patriots (19-15), dating back to 1979. Lane (3-2) allowed three hits and one run in recording the victory. Ryan Enos (2 for 5, 4 RBI) had a run-scoring groundout in a four-run first and a two-run homer in the second as DBU built a 6-0 lead. Jason Krizan (2 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) added a two-run double in the fifth and Ryan Behmanesh (2 for 4, 3 RBI) belted a two-run dinger in the eighth to complete the scoring. Tyler Robbins (1 for 3) and Austin Elkins (2 for 4) both scored three for the Patriots, while Josh Wilson and Travis Meiners both had three hits for DBU. Adrian Turner had one hit and one RBI for the Tigers (9-13).


SIU Edwardsville 7, Missouri-St. Louis 3

In Edwardsville, Ill., Josh Hoguet pitched seven scoreless innings as SIU Edwardsville defeated Missouri-St. Louis at SimmonsCooper Complex. Hoguet (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out a season-high seven. Dustin Brooks (2 for 3, 4 RBI) belted a three-run homer in the first for the Cougars (10-22). Mitch Matecki (2 for 4, 2 R), Brooks, Joel Greatting and Thad Hawkins all drove in a run in the fifth as SIUE built a 7-0 lead. Matt Horton had a two-run double in a three-run ninth as the Tritons (10-28) avoided the shutout.


(photo courtesy of ORU Media Relations Office)