GRIZZLIES SPLIT WITH NO. 18 COWBOYS
Oakland defeats a nationally-ranked team for the second time in D1 era.
Feb. 22, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - Right-handed pitcher Jake Paulson (1-0) tossed 6.1 strong innings, striking out eight, while Mike Brosseau went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Spencer Marentette drove in four runs to lead Oakland (1-2) to a 10-7 win in the nightcap against No. 18 Oklahoma State (7-1) on Saturday at Reynolds Stadium. The Golden Grizzlies fell to the 18th-ranked Cowboys in game one, 10-4.
"This was a great win for our young men and program," said OU coach John Musachio. "Jake Paulson showed why he was rated the top prospect in the Horizon League by Baseball America. He got ahead of hitters all night and mixed extremely well. Our hitters put constant pressure on their staff with blue collar, hard-nosed at bats all night."
The Golden Grizzlies jumped out in front in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning. Robby Enslen, Brosseau and Marentette each drove in runs with two outs to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead.
With OU leading 4-2, Brosseau singled through the right side to plate two more runs and Marentette reached on a fielder's choice, driving in another run as the Grizzlies' lead advanced to 7-2.
After allowing a run in the second and third innings, Paulson retired nine of the next 10 batters, allowing a solo home run in the third. He recorded seven strikeouts during that stretch.
Oakland tacked on three runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by a two-run RBI double to right-center field by Jared Theisen. The Cowboys scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning, before Oakland was able to record the final out of the inning on a line drive to the shortstop.
OU scored 10 runs, on 10 hits and committed three errors, while OSU scored seven runs, on 10 hits and had no errors.
RHP Connor Fannon (0-1) made his collegiate debut on the mound in the opener, tossing 4.1 innings, surrendering six hits, four runs, walked four and struck out two. Fannon settled down after allowing three runs in the first inning.
Enslen led the offensive threat in the first game, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Zach Sterry finished 2-for-4 for the Grizzlies.
Oakland scored four runs, on 12 hits and had one error, while Oklahoma State scored 10 runs, on 11 hits and no errors.
Oakland will try and get a series split tomorrow in the fourth and final game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.