ORU Faces Missouri State in Weekend Series

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations

First Pitch
ORU faces Missouri State in a three-game split series this weekend … the first two games of the series are scheduled for J.L. Johnson Stadium with Sunday’s finale at Hammons Field in Springfield … ORU enters the weekend riding a 6-game winning streak while the Bears have lost three straight … the Golden Eagles are over .500 for the first time this season … ORU is 9-1 at home, while Missouri State is 1-12 away from Hammons Field.

Scouting Missouri State

Missouri State enters the weekend with an 8-16 overall record and 1-2 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bears are coached by Keith Guttin, who owns a 946-589 record in 28 season at Missouri State. Infielder Kevin Medrano is Missouri State’s top hitter, entering the weekend with a .398 batting average (37-for-93). Left-hander Aaron Meade tops the pitching staff with a 3.98 ERA and 34 strikeouts, while reliever Grant Gordon owns three saves. 

Last Time Out
Jared Schlehuber‘s pinch-hit home run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as ORU defeated No. 7 Texas, 3-2 on Tuesday at Disch-Falk Field. The win snapped a 15-game ORU losing streak to the Longhorns, and extended the Golden Eagles’ current winning streak to a season-long six games. ORU’s last victory over Texas came in 1983, long before any of the current Golden Eagles were born.
    With the game tied at 2-2, Schlehuber gave the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead with his game-winning blast leading off in the top of the eighth. Schlehuber, who entered the game just 2-for-12 on the season, pounded a 1-2 pitch from reliever Austin DiCharry (0-3) over the left-centerfield fence for his first home run of the year.
    Jeff Burleson (3-2), the reigning Summit League pitcher of the week, took care of the rest. After surrendering the game-tying run in the seventh, Burleson dominated Texas over the final two frames, allowing only a one out walk in the ninth inning. With the tying run on first, Burleson induced Cameron Rupp into a game-ending force out.

Updated 04-02-2010

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