Baseball Drops 4-3 to Oral Roberts
Freshman Bryan Byrne Goes 4-for-5 at the Plate
March 7, 2003
Riverside, CA - Junior David Castillo knocked in the tying run and scored the go ahead run and ORU received 4.2 scoreless innings of relief from Sean Sorrow and Taylor McIntyre to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-3 win in action at the RBI Tournament, in Riverside, CA. With the loss the Gaels fall to 7-9 on the season.
In the sixth, Matt VanDerBosch singled, stole second and scored on a RBI single by Castillo to tie the game at three. Castillo moved to third on an opposite field single by Andy Hargrove and scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Lex to put Oral Roberts (4-5) up 4-3.
The Golden Eagle bullpen held the lead as Sorrow (1-0) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, leaving with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. McIntyre, a freshman, relieved and struck out pinch hitter Sam Battle to snuff the rally. McIntyre then retired the Gaels in the eighth and ninth innings, recording four strikeouts, to earn his first save.
Saint Mary's got on the board first, in the second inning as Nick Conte led off with a single and stood on second base with two outs. Adam Bellows hit a towering triple to right center field, scoring Conte for a 1-0 SMU lead.
ORU knotted the game at one in the fourth as Grant Plumley led off with an infield single, and Van Der Bosch followed with a drag bunt single to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Castillo followed with a double down the third base line, scoring Plumley to tie the game, and Lex gave the Golden Eagles the lead with a RBI single to left.
Oral Roberts' starter Dennis Bigley could not hold the lead, surrendering two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out in the fifth. Bryan Byrne smashed a two-run double to put Saint Mary's back on top 3-2. Castillo finished the evening 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while Lex also knocked in two runs going 1-for-3. SMC starter Matt Yourkin (0-4) took the loss.
The RBI Tournament continues tomorrow as Oral Roberts and Saint Mary's play at noon, with the host UC Riverside Highlanders facing Oral Roberts at 4 PM.
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