Junior Ryan Cate
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Mavericks Drop Twinbill to Oral Roberts

Omaha Athletics | April 15, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Omaha baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader Saturday, falling 12-1 and 12-0 in seven innings to Oral Roberts at Seymour Smith Park. The Mavericks are now 7-26 (5-9 Summit League) on the season, while the league-leading Golden Eagles improve to 25-9 (13-1).

GAME 1 -- ORAL ROBERTS 12, OMAHA 1
Justin McGregor (6-0) earned the win for ORU in the morning contest, tossing a complete game and keeping the Mavericks to one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Senior left-hander Sam Murphy (2-5) took the loss, surrendering nine runs on 10 hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2.2 innings of work.

Junior right-hander Payton Kinney threw 4.1 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out a season-high nine batters and issuing no walks. Between the fourth and sixth innings, he fanned six straight.

Senior Sam Palensky went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and junior Ryan Cate was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Oral Roberts got multi-hit performances from six players: Cal Hernandez (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Matt Whatley (2-for-4, one run, two RBI), Noah Cummings (2-for-4, one run, four RBI), Brent Williams (2-for-3, two runs, one RBI), Dylan Snypes (2-for-4, two runs) and Harrison Smith (2-for-3, two runs, three RBI).

Cummings and Williams both homered for the Golden Eagles, with a three-run shot in the third and a leadoff solo homer in the fourth, respectively.

After ORU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Omaha came back to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame. Palensky led off with a single to center, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Cole Thibodeau and scored when Cate swatted a two-out double to left center.

The Golden Eagles broke it wide open with an eight-run, eight-hit third inning, then plated another run in the fourth and two more in the seventh.

GAME 2 -- ORAL ROBERTS 12, OMAHA 0
In the second game of the day, Josh McMinn (6-2) earned the win for ORU with 5.2 innings of shutout ball. He limited Omaha to four hits with two walks and struck out four. Junior right-hander Corey Binger (3-6) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 2.0 innings.

Thibodeau (1-for-3), senior Marcus Ethen (1-for-2), junior Cole Patterson (1-for-2) and sophomore Nate Mallott (1-for-3) each tallied a hit.

ORU was led by four hits apiece from Nick Roark (4-for-5, four runs, one RBI) and Dylan Snypes (4-for-5, four RBI). Cummings drove in five runs and finished 3-for-4 while scoring twice, while Hernandez (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) also had a multi-hit effort.

ORU produced runs in each of the first three innings, posting three in both the first and second frames and five more in the third. They added a final run in the sixth.

Omaha and Oral Roberts conclude their series on Sunday, April 15, with first pitch set for Noon at Seymour Smith Park. Links to live audio and stats will be available on OMavs.com.

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