TULSA, Okla. - A six-run second inning by Oral Roberts (11-13) was too much to overcome as Louisiana Tech (13-13) fell to the Golden Eagles, 9-1, on Friday evening at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jeb Stefan (1-5) was credited with the loss after allowing eight runs - seven earned - and striking out four in 5.1 innings. Southpaw Mike Torrence (2-4) picked up his second win of the season after throwing seven innings of one-run baseball.
Taylor Terrasas extended his reached base safely streak to 12 games after hitting his fourth double in the top of the fifth inning. The leadoff hitter was 1-for-3 at the dish and is now hitting .350 on the season.
Austin Hedges and Alex Williams each picked up a single while Sam Alvis went 1-for-4 from the plate with a single and a run scored. Justin Gordey was 1-for-3 at the dish with a double.
The Golden Eagles scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead and then added two runs in the sixth inning for an 8-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh after Alvis singled to center field with one out in the inning. Gordey followed with his fifth double of the year, giving Tech runners in scoring position with one out. Catcher Bennett Pickar attempted to pick off Alvis at third and threw the ball away, allowing Tech to score its only run of the game.
Oral Roberts tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame as ORU defeated Tech, 9-1 in game one of the three-game series.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow as first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Freshman Phil Maton (5-1) takes the hill for Tech.
Fans can follow the game via Game Tracker and listen to Dave Nitz on the LA Tech Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 1:50 p.m.
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Notes: Louisiana Tech has had 26 different lineups through 26 games... Senior First Baseman Alex Williams has started 93 consecutive games for the Bulldogs... Ryan Gebhardt and Alex Williams have started all 26 games for Tech... Taylor Terrasas started his first game since March 17 at Nebraska... Terrasas reached base safely for his 12 consecutive game after a double in the top of the fifth inning.