OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha baseball cruised to a 13-3 win in seven innings against Oral Roberts in the series opener on Thursday, May 16, at Seymour Smith Park.
The Mavericks (28-19-1, 20-8) totaled 12 hits on a seven-run spurt in the fifth inning for the sixth win in program history over Oral Roberts (24-24, 15-12).
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
Grant Suponchick crashed a solo-shot homer for one of his two hits with four RBI and two runs. Braden Rogers went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI, while both Parker Smejkal and Brett Bonar finished with two hits apiece. Smejkal also had three RBI while Bonar’s RBI came on a solo-shot homer. Breyden Eckhout rounded out the multi-hit club with a 2-for-3 performance and three runs.
On the mound, Payton Kinney improved to 9-1 with two strikeouts, two walks, six hits and three runs allowed. ORU’s Josh McMinn fell to 6-5 overall with three strikeouts, eight hits and six runs allowed.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
On a 2-2 count in the bottom of the first, Bonar got the Mavericks on the board after he ripped a solo-shot homer over the right field wall. An inning later, Omaha went up 3-0 on an Eckhout double and a Rogers single for a pair of RBI. The Golden Eagles struck in the top of the fourth on a home run to left center, but Omaha responded in the bottom of the frame with Suponchick’s first home run of the year that made it 4-1 Mavericks.
The second Oral Roberts home run happened in the top of the fifth that cut Omaha’s lead to two, but once again, the Mavericks were able to respond. A blistering, seven-run inning put Omaha ahead 11-2. After Suponchick singled for a pair of RBI, Omaha loaded the bases. Back-to-back ORU walks plated the next two runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, Smejkal came up to the plate and cracked his second double of the inning and scored Keil Krumwiede, Rogers and Eckhout for a trio of RBI.
Omaha’s 12th run of the game happened on a Suponchick sacrifice fly that scored Jack Lombardi from third. The Golden Eagles’ third run came on its third solo-homer in the top of the seventh. The Mavericks were able to close out the game after Eckhout led off with a double, followed by Rogers’ third hit that found left field and scored his teammate for the 13-3 win.
Omaha returns to action tomorrow for a 2 p.m. tilt at Seymour Smith Park.