May 3, 2013
BEAUMONT – Friday night’s baseball game between Lamar and Oral Roberts was billed as a pitching duel between aces Jonathan Dziedzic and Alex Gonzalez, but unfortunately for the Cardinals, Gonzalez had the better night as the Golden Eagles picked up the 8-0 victory at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
Dziedzic, who dropped to 6-2 as a starter this season, struck out nine but was done in by a first inning score and two-run homer in the fifth, ending the game with three earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
For the Golden Eagles, Gonzalez was impressive, striking out seven and allowing just four hits over eightframes.
ORU (16-26, 11-8 SLC) got on the board early, as both Matt Brandy and Jose Trevino earned walks in the opening stanza, with Brandy later scoring on a Tyler Boss single to center.
After Dziedzic held the Golden Eagles at bay over the ensuing three frames, Boss played the role of pantomime villain once more, sending a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left center to triple the ORU advantage in the fifth. He would end the game 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and a score.
Offensively, Sam Bumpers, Brad Picha, V.J. Bunner and Garret Autrey each picked up a hit, but overall Lamar (33-13, 12-7 SLC) was out-hit 13-4.
Dziedzic got out of a jam in the sixth, striking out Logan Domenico and Jose Trevino with two runs in scoring position, but that would be it for him as Jerin Spikes took to the mound in the seventh. The junior allowed four runs on five hits in the frame as ORU extended its lead to 7-0.
The Golden Eagles would score once more in ninth, handing LU its first conference loss since April 13.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.