June 5, 2005
Game 5 – Oral Roberts vs. College of Charleston Game Notes
Nick Jones’ pickoff of Brett Gardner in the third inning washis team-leading fourth of the season. Ricky Rivera hit an RBIdouble to lead off the scoring in the third inning. In three games,Rivera is now 4-for-12 with a homerun, two doubles, three RBI, andthree runs scored. Dennis Bigley hit a two-out, 2RBI double to theleft-field fence. He now has two doubles and five RBI in the pasttwo games. Starting pitcher Nick Jones threw a complete gameshutout, his third complete game of the season. Jones’ sevenstrikeouts ties his season high. With the win, Oral Robertsimproves its season record to 42-19 overall. The Golden Eagles arenow 22-33 all-time in NCAA Regional play. ORU has now reached theregional final game three times in the last four years.
College of Charleston:
For the weekend, Brett Gardner has struck out twice in nineat-bats (22.2%). During the season, Gardner had only 16 strikeoutsin 263 at-bats (6%). After going hitless last night, Gardnersingled in the third inning, increasing his national-leading hittotal to 122 for the season. Gardner has now hit safely in 26 ofhis last 27 games. He now has 297 hits for his career, buildingupon his school record. Gardner stole second during the sixthinning, his 38th of the season and 96th of his career, both schoolrecords. College of Charleston entered NCAA Regional playouthitting its opponent 803 to 579, a 1.39-to-1 ratio. In the threeregional games, the Cougars have been outhit 11 to 23, a .48-to-1ratio. The hits in each of the regional games (5, 2, and 4) markthe three lowest hit totals for College of Charleston this season.College of Charleston has now been shutout for 20 consecutiveinnings (including the final two innings vs. NC A&T). Collegeof Charleston has not been shutout in consecutive games since April26, 1995 vs. Charleston Southern (2-0) and April 28, 1995 vs.Florida Atlantic (6-0), a streak of 574 games. With the loss,College of Charleston’s record falls to 48-15 overall. The Cougarsare now 3-4 all-time in NCAA Regional action.
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