OMAHA, Neb. — Oral Roberts came into Friday's Summit League tournament game against North Dakota State with the top seed, the league's top offense and it's top pitcher, Isaac Coffey, taking the mound.
The No. 2-seed Bison weren't fazed. NDSU pitchers scattered eight hits and Bison hitters nicked Coffey and ORU's bullpen enough to come away with a 5-0 win and secure a spot in Saturday's championship game.
The Bison (40-16) also tied the program's record for wins in a season. They'll play ORU again at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Tal Anderson Field with the league crown on the line. The Golden Eagles defeated South Dakota State 5-3 in 11 innings Friday night to get another shot at the Bison. If the Eagles win Saturday's first game, a second game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Coffey led the Summit League in wins (9), earned-run average (2.69), innings pitched (80-1/3) and strikeouts (88). But the Bison got a run off him in the first on Zach Solano's bases-loaded single.
NDSU scored three more in the fifth on Jake Malec's two-run home run to right and Charley Hesse's RBI single to left. They added another run in the ninth when Nick Emanuel drew a bases-loaded walk.
Bison starter Cade Feeney went six for the win, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out three. Reliever Zach Smith struggled in the seventh, giving up singles to three of the first four hitters he faced. But he got out of that jam, stranded two base runners in the eighth and set ORU down in order in the ninth. He struck out six.
Coffey also went six, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk and he struck out four.
Summit Player of the Year Bennett Hostetler was 3-for-4, Malec had two hits and two RBI and Tucker Rohde, Solano and Calen Schwabe all had two hits.