Fayetteville, Ark. – Oral Roberts rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a one-run deficit and claim a 6-4 win over the 18th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.Arkansas saw its record drop to 23-12 overall, while No. 21 Oral Roberts improved to 27-7 with the win. The loss marked the second consecutive non-conference game the Razorbacks have lost after losing leads with two outs in the ninth inning. Arkansas lost to SMS last Tuesday in 16 innings after the Bears from a two-run deficit in the ninth inning.
Trey Holloway (1-1) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up two runs, both earned, on four hits in three and one-third innings.
Daryl Maday started on the mound for Arkansas, but was lifted after four innings of work. Maday allowed two runs, both earned, without allowing a hit. Maday walked five batters and struck out three.
Adam Lesko (2-2) got the win after pitching one inning in relief. Lesko allowed only one hit.
Justin Ramsey picked up his fourth save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Pitching dominated early as ORU was held hitless for the first two innings and the Hogs managed only two hits.
Clay Goodwin gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when he singled home Jake Dugger. Dugger walked and stole second to get in scoring position.
Scott Hode followed Goodwin’s RBI single with a two-run home run to left that pushed the Arkansas lead to 3-0. It was Hode’s third home run of the season and the ninth home run for Arkansas in the last four games.
Maday was pulled in the top of the fifth after allowing a pair of walks to open the inning. Relief pitcher Boyd Goodner was unable to halt the rally as ORU put up three runs in the inning.
Ryan Welborn reached when Goodner threw wild on his sac bunt that allowed Ricky Rivera to score. Matt Van der Bosch then singled to plate another run and cut the lead to one.
Josh Lex tied the game with a sac fly to right. Goodner ended the rally when he fanned Dennis Bigley.
The Razorbacks took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Danny Hamblin and Goodwin walked. ORU catcher Nate Griffin threw to first attempting to pickoff Goodwin.
His throw was wild and sailed into right field. Hamblin scored from second on the play to give the Razorbacks a 4-3 lead.
ORU tied the game in the top of the ninth. Van der Bosch and Brain Hanson had back-to-back singles with one out. Grant Plumley went down swinging for the second out of the inning.
On a 2-1 pitch, Lex doubled to left field to score Van der Bosch and tie the game at 4-4.
Kevin Lamb then singled up the middle to score Hanson and Lex and give the Golden Eagles a 6-4 advantage.
Ramsey set the Razorbacks down in order in the bottom of the ninth to end the game and snap Arkansas’ three-game winning streak.
Arkansas will now travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a three-game series against No. 22 Vanderbilt. Game one Friday is slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch.