Friday's opening day of the collegiate baseball season featured Summit League favorite Oral Roberts defeating Utah of the Pac 12 Conference by a 4-3 score.
Oral Roberts 4, Utah 3
TULSA, Okla. (oruathletics.com) --The Oral Roberts baseball team broke a late tie as its seniors stepped up and delivered in a 4-3 win over Utah to open the 2018 season Friday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Nick Roark's double off the left field wall started a two-out rally for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 ballgame. Noah Cummings, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, followed his fellow team captain and ripped a single up the middle bringing home the winning run. Kyler Stout closed out his first save of the year pitching a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.
ORU got on the board quickly in the second inning as Riley Keizor drew a one-out walk and Spencer Henson crushed the first pitch he saw this season well over the trees in left field for a 2-0 advantage. Nick Rotola led the bottom of the third with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch before Cal Hernandez stretched the Golden Eagles' lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
North Dakota State also earned a win on opening day, taking down Incarnate Word in Game One of a doubleheader in San Antonio, 8-2.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.