Oral Roberts blanks SDSU to advance to title game

Freshman Isaac Coffey hurled a five-hit shutout to lead Oral Roberts to the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship title game.
Freshman Isaac Coffey hurled a five-hit shutout to lead Oral Roberts to the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship title game.

TULSA, Okla. – Third-seeded Oral Roberts will be in a familiar spot on Saturday thanks to a 4-0 shutout of No. 2 seed South Dakota State in an elimination game Friday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The Golden Eagles will play top-seeded Omaha in the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship title game at 11 a.m. CT and need to beat the Mavericks twice to win their 20th postseason crown. 

Oral Roberts got a single run in the second and third innings to stake Isaac Coffey to a 2-0 lead and that would be all the freshman would need. Both of those run-scoring hits came with two outs as Blake Hall delivered an RBI single in the second and Riley Keizor added an RBI double in the third. The Golden Eagles' catcher led the team with three hits.

The freshman right-hander retired 13 straight at one point of the contest and scattered five hits to register his first career shutout. Coffey also notched a career-high nine strikeouts without walking a batter. 

SDSU starter Ryan Froom kept his team in the game, giving up only those two early runs and seven hits going into the ninth when the Golden Eagles added a pair of unearned insurance runs to double their advantage.

SDSU's best chance to score came in the sixth after a leadoff single by Drew Beazley, but he was thrown out at the plate by Trevor McCutchin for the final out after Gus Steiger blooped a two-out single into right. He had two of the Jacks' five hits.

How It Happened

Inning

Score

Play

T2

1-0

 ORU's Blake Hall started the scoring with a two-out, RBI single

T3

2-0

 ORU's Riley Keizor delivered a two-out, RBI double

T9

4-0

 ORU's Hunter Swift scored on an error by first baseman Drew Beazley and Jake   McMurray capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly


Pitchers of Record

Win – Isaac Coffey (3-2): 9.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 earned runs, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks
 
Loss – Ryan Froom (6-5): 8.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 earned run, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks

Notables

• Oral Roberts has advanced to the Summit Championship title game in all 20 years it has been a league member (1998-2012, 2015-present)

• The No. 3 seed has advanced to the title game in five of the last eight Summit League Championships but has never won the trophy  

• ORU's Riley Keizor had the fifth three-hit game of his season    

• ORU's Isaac Coffey pitched a career-high 8.0 innings and equaled his career-high with eight strikeouts 

• SDSU's Ryan Froom went a season-high 8.0 innings

• The Jacks conclude their season at 28-22  

• Attendance: 464


Up Next

With the 4-0 victory, third-seeded Oral Roberts will play Omaha at 11 a.m. CT in the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship title game.  If the Golden Eagles win the first game, an if necessary game will be played immediately following its conclusion.   

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