ORU Takes Down Nationally-Ranked Wichita State

Oral Roberts' Taylor Varnell
Oral Roberts' Taylor Varnell

Mid-week baseball action was highlighted by Oral Roberts' victory over No. 22 Wichita State by a 2-1 score.

Oral Roberts 2, No. 22 Wichita State 1
TULSA, Okla. (oruathletics.com) -- Three pitchers combined for a brilliant effort in the Oral Roberts baseball team's 2-1 upset of No. 22 Wichita State Wednesday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium holding the Shockers to three hits.

The Golden Eagles got five innings from starter Taylor Varnell before giving way to Grant Townsend and Kyler Stout from the bullpen for the final four. The trio shut down one of the nation's top power-hitting offenses surrendering three hits and one run in the victory.

Noah Cummings brought home the first run with a RBI double off the wall in right center plating Cal Hernandez, who started the frame with a double of his own, in a two-run third inning. A sacrifice fly by Spencer Henson allowed Nick Roark to slide head first into home plate as the eventual winning run.

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