Trey Wolf pitched the game of his life, and in doing so he kept Oral Roberts’ season alive. The freshman from Broken Arrow tossed a complete-game shutout, giving up only four hits in the Golden Eagles’ 6-0 win over Omaha to force a winner-take-all championship game at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
“I wasn’t really thinking it was going to a nine-inning game,” said Wolf, who threw 130 pitches, including 86 for strikes. “I was more thinking of it as a 27-inning game -- just one out at a time.”
Making only his second start of the season, Wolf recorded six strikeouts and issued only two walks. Having logged only 31 2/3 inning entering the game, Wolf kept Omaha hitters off-balance throughout.
And it begs the question: when’s the last time Wolf threw nine innings in a single game?
“Never,” said Wolf, who now has thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings against Omaha this season.
Wolf was also backed by an ORU offense that put the pressure on immediately.
The Golden Eagles struck for three runs in the first inning, thanks to a crucial fielding error by Omaha third baseman Breyden Eckhout, who allowed a Spencer Henson ground ball to leak into left field for the first run of the game. Riley Keizor added a run-scoring ground out, and Andrew Pace plated Henson on a sacrifice fly.
Beyond that, ORU scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Isaac Coffey, Blake Hall and Keizor all plated runs on run-scoring singles.
Both Keizor and Coffey led the way with two hits apiece for the Golden Eagles (29-25)