March 6, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Tommy Jablonski and sophomore Todd Dunham had four hits each, as Oakland University (1-4) won 15-3 in the opener of a Sunday doubleheader at Butler (3-4) before falling 3-0 in the nightcap. It was the first win of the season for the Golden Grizzlies, who began the season with a three-game road trip to No. 2 Oklahoma.
"We played a complete baseball game in our opener today," said Oakland head coach John Musachio. "We were very aggressive on the bases and at the plate, our pitchers threw strikes and we played attack-style baseball."
The Golden Grizzlies pounded out 22 hits and used a seven-run eighth inning to break open a game that was close early. Dunham was 4-for-5 at the plate, including a three-run, bases-clearing double in the eighth. Jablonski was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs.
The Bulldogs made it a 4-3 game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but sophomore reliever Kevin Korkate was able to get OU out of a jam, stranding two Butler runners. Oakland recovered the runs in the seventh on a two-RBI single by sophomore Nolan Jacoby.
Junior Greg Welke (1-1) earned the win for Oakland, allowing just one earned run and striking out six batters in five innings. Korkate (1) picked up his second career save, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters over the final 3 1/3 innings. Mike Hernandez (1-2) suffered the loss for Butler.
"Greg Welke was outstanding on the mound and so was the bullpen," added Musachio. Seniors D.J. Jarrad and Aaron Wick both went 3-for-5, Jacoby and Waldhardt had two hits and Golden Grizzlies finished with six batters with multiple hits and outhit Butler 22-7. Nick Hladek was 2-for-4 to lead Butler at the plate.
In game two, Carson went 2-for-4, but the Golden Grizzlies could not get a run across. The Golden Grizzlies scattered five hits and left seven runners on base.
"I have to give a lot of credit to their pitching staff in game two," said Musachio. "They did a great job of keeping our hitters off balance."
Jared Wagoner (1-1) threw seven scoreless innings and Jared Earl (1) threw two hitless frames to earn the shutout for the Bulldogs. Oakland pitcher Aaron Wick (0-2) suffered the loss for OU despite striking out six batters in six innings.
Michael Letzter's three-run home run in the sixth inning accounted for the only runs of the game. Both Letzter and Grant Fillipitch were 2-for-4 to lead Butler.
Oakland is back in action on Friday at Dayton at 3 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies will play four games against Dayton, Wright State (DH) and Canisius in Dayton , Ohio over the weekend.