TULSA, Okla. -- Summit League Pitcher of the Year Payton Kinney turned in another sterling performance on the mound for Omaha and this one only came on two days rest. More importantly, it led the Mavericks to their first #SummitBSB Championship as they defeated Oral Roberts 4-0 in a winner take all game.
The Golden Eagles forced that earlier in the day when freshman Trey Wolf tossed his own gem, allowing just six hits in his first career shutout during a 6-0 victory for ORU, who kept their hopes alive for a fifth-straight postseason title.
The script was flipped in game two, however, and the sixth-year senior and his classmate Braden Rogers had a lot do with it. After he allowed a leadoff single and intentional walk in the first inning, Kinney did not allow another baserunner until a pair of back-to-back walks in the seventh inning forced head coach Evan Porter to go to the bullpen. Grant Suponchick quickly came in and retired the next two batters to keep the lead at four.
While Kinney was holding the Oral Roberts' bats at bay, the Mavericks' offense churned out four runs with three of those coming on a pair of home runs from Rogers, who had just two during the regular season.
He put the Mavericks on the board with a solo shot just inside the left-field foul pole in the second and Kiel Krumwiede then found the gap in right-center to add a run-scoring triple and make it a 2-0 contest.
Four innings later, Rogers belted a two-run shot in the sixth to double Omaha's advantage and give Kinney a four-run cushion.
Cal Hehnke picked up his second save of the tournament in the ninth, pitching around a one-out triple off the bat of Hunter Wilson.
How It Happened
Braden Rogers hit a solo home run and Keil Krumwiede added an RBI triple
Rogers hits a two-run shot for his second home run of the game
Pitchers of Record
Win – Payton Kinney (11-1): 7.1 IP, 1 hits, 0 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 3 walks
Save - Cal Hehnke (8): 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 earned runs, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks
Loss – A.J. Archambo (4-3): 2.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks
Brett Mogen, RP (South Dakota State)
Derek Hackman, C (South Dakota State)
Isaac Coffey, SP/DH (Oral Roberts)
Riley Keizor, C (Oral Roberts)
Spencer Henson, 1B (Oral Roberts)
Trey Wolf, SP (Oral Roberts)
Josh McMinn, SP (Oral Roberts)
Breyden Eckhout, 3B (Omaha)
Joey Machado, SP (Omaha)
Braden Rogers, 1B (Omaha)
Payton Kinney, SP (Omaha)
Ben Palensky, OF (Omaha)
Cal Hehnke, RP (Omaha)
Parker Smejkal, OF (Omaha)
• Kinney was named the Championship MVP after not allowing an earned run over 13.1 innings of work covering two victories in the tournament - his 11th win of the season tied him for the eighth most in a single season in league history
• Rogers, who hit two home runs, had just two in 49 regular season games with his last coming on March 22
• Hehnke's save was his league-leading eighth of the season
• Oral Roberts had won its previous 19 Summit League Baseball postseason tournaments (1998-2012; 2015-18)
• This was Omaha's second appearance in the Championship (2016; 0-2)
• Attendance: 763