On Friday afternoon, Oral Roberts (3-6) defeated #5 LSU (8-2) by a score of 22-7 to open the two teams' three-game series.
LSU's starting pitcher Jaden Hill (2-1), a Preseason All-American, was driven out after recording just one out and giving up five runs. Three more runs would be added to Hill's final line for an eight-run first inning for Oral Roberts.
LSU would respond with seven unanswered runs to bring the game back within a single run, but an impressive seven-inning relief appearance by Evan Kowalski of Oral Roberts settled the game back down. Kowalski (1-0) allowed just three base runners and struck out five en route to a win.
The Golden Eagles scored 14 unanswered runs of their own, including 11 runs in the fourth inning. Eight Golden Eagles hitters notched at least one RBI and seven hitters had a multi-hit game. The offense was led by RF Caleb Denny who had three hits and six runs batted in. 3B Ryan Cash reached base five times with three hits and two walks to go with his four RBI.
With the win, Oral Roberts ended LSU's seven-game winning streak. This also marked the first time Oral Roberts has ever defeated LSU (1-3 all time).
The Tigers and Golden Eagles next play on Saturday at 3PM CT.