OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha baseball team mounted a comeback, but the rally fell short as the squad dropped a 9-8 decision to Oral Roberts in the second game of the series Friday afternoon at Seymour Smith Park.
Omaha falls to 28-20-1 overall and 20-9-1 in league play, while the Golden Eagles (25-24, 16-12) secured a postseason berth into The Summit League Championship with the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Grant Suponchick went 3-for-5 in the designated hitter sport, while Keil Krumwiede had two hits and an RBI single. Both Ben Palensky and Thomas DeBonville recorded a home run. On the mound, Joey Machado fell to 5-2 while ORU’s Matt Gaskins improved to 5-4 with the win, and Spencer Henson notched his sixth save of the year. In relief, Jonas Lovin had a career-best four strikeouts and just three hits and one walk allowed in 2.0 innings of shutout ball.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
Oral Roberts put Omaha in an early hole in the top of the second after the team plated five runs on a pair of doubles and singles. Omaha got on the board with Palensky’s solo-shot homer in the bottom of the second, and cut the deficit to three (5-2) on Krumwiede’s single to left field in the third.
The Golden Eagles gained a cushion in the lead on a four-run performance in the seventh inning. An ORU triple made it 6-2, followed by a two-shot blast to right field that made it 8-2 Golden Eagles. The team’s ninth run happened on a bases loaded walk. In a seven-run deficit, DeBonville’s two-shot homer sparked the late rally in the bottom of the seventh. A two-RBI double by Brett Bonar followed and cut ORU’s lead to just three.
Later on in the top of the eighth, ORU loaded the bases, but Lovin came up big and fanned two batters swinging for the second and third outs. Omaha put two on base in the bottom of the eighth, but both were left stranded. After Lovin tossed two more strikeouts and an ORU pop-up to Krumwiede, Omaha had the walk-off opportunity.
The Mavericks, down three, plated two more runs on a single for Lombardi. After Suponchick singled, an errant throw by the ORU right fielder scored Bonar and cut the deficit to one. With a pinch runners Matt Bondarchuk on third and Tyler Daugherty on second, DeBonville stepped up to the plate. He crashed a well-hit ball, but it was hung up and flied out to right field for the final out, as the Golden Eagles held on for a 9-8 win.
Omaha closes the regular season with Senior Day and the series finale against Oral Roberts tomorrow at Noon.