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Dan Russell allowed just four hits on Saturday.
Courtesy: WIU Visual Productions Center
Dan Russell allowed just four hits on Saturday.
Offense Sputters in Saturday Doubleheader
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 04/21/2012
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TULSA, Okla. - Western Illinois baseball (12-23-1, 3-8) managed just three hits in two games against Oral Roberts (20-18, 7-3) on Saturday. ORU took a shortened game one 10-0 in seven innings and game two, 2-0.

Game One
Western Illinois 0, Oral Roberts 10

Oral Roberts' offense continued to roll with a 10-0 win in seven innings to begin the Saturday doubleheader. The Leatherneck offense was only able to collect two hits during the shortened contest.

Rich Mascheri (1-7) lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) and walked seven, striking out five but was dealt his third straight defeat. Kurt Giller (3-4) was impressive as he went the distance without allowing a run and striking out five.

Mascheri walked the first two batters of the game and Jose Trevino made it hurt with an RBI-double down the left field line to give ORU a 1-0 lead. However, Mascheri was able to limit the damage with back-to-back strikeouts with the bases loaded.

Another walk and a double from Logan Domenico had the Golden Eagles threatening again in the second. Jared Schlehuber emptied the bases with a three-run home run to left center, extending ORU's lead to 4-0. 

Giller had retired nine straight before a sixth-inning walk to Dan Dispensa. However, Giller was able to get Austin Cowen to ground out to short to end the sixth.

The Golden Eagles would get four more runs as the game moved into the seventh. Schlehuber smacked a two-run shot, his eleventh of the season (second of the game) in the seventh to give ORU the two runs it needed to end the game at 10-0 via The Summit League run-rule.

Game Two
Western Illinois 0, Oral Roberts 2

Dan Russell stepped up again for the Leathernecks (3-3) tossing six innings, allowing just two earned runs but Western's offense was no match for Alex Gonzalez (4-2). Gonzalez hurled all seven innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four.

Trevino continued his assault on Leatherneck pitching with a line-drive home run to left in the second to give ORU the 1-0 advantage. ORU added a second run on a RBI-groundout from Kevin Cho in the third.

Gonzalez drilled Ryan Cowhey and Steve Kedroski to begin the fourth inning with no outs. However, the Golden Eagles were able to collect three straight outs to quiet the rally attempt.

Brent Turner smacked a single into left for Western's first and only hit in the fourth. Turner swiped second but ORU was able to escape the inning as Dispensa flied out to center.

The Leathernecks drew two walks in the sixth to piece together a threat but were unable to make any noise and went down in order in the seventh to give ORU the 3-0 series lead.

The series concludes on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Dustin Hunter (2-2, 2.91 ERA) will get the ball for Western.


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