Lack of hitting leads Lions to lose at ORU

From Staff Reports

The Lions fell to the Oral Robert University Golden Eagles in a triple-header.

Their first game against the Golden Eagles took place on Feb. 11 in Tulsa. Although the Lions would put up a fight, ORU would win the game with a score of 15-0.

In the first inning, Brett Velliquette, sophomore second baseman, was the first up to bat, but would end up walking when he was hit by a wild pitch. He would eventually advance to third base. Brett Newsome, freshman first baseman, would hit first for the Lions, however, none of them would make it home before Brett Molden, senior shortstop, would get the third out.

The rest of the game would be about the same as no player would be able to score against the Golden Eagles. They would only have one more hit.

On Feb. 12, Southern would have a total of four hits against Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts had 10.

The score would end at 8-0 with the Golden Eagles capturing the win.

Evan Bates, senior pitcher, would pitch for six innings and would scatter six hits over six innings. Trevor Whipkey, freshman pitcher, would pitch for four of the innings and would have four hits against him, but he was able to strike out two players in the seventh inning.

Newsome, who batted .300 in the opening series, had two of the Lions’ hits on Feb. 12. He had a two-out double in the first inning and a one-out single in the ninth.

On Feb. 13, the Lions would play their third game against the Golden Eagles and end it with a loss of 13-4.

Although they would start out 2-0 in the first inning, Oral Roberts would score eight points against them in the first three innings.

An RBI groundout Newsome took Southern to a 1-0 lead. After that Molden’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

Kyle Knight, sophomore right fielder, Landon Harris, junior pitcher, and Luke Lawver, sophomore third baseman, scored the other three points.

The Lion’s next game will be March 5-11 at home for the Larry Hickey Classic.