March 16, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Right-handed pitcher Tim Koons (2-2) got the win after 7.0 quality innings, striking out a career-high eight and allowed just one earned run, while Brett Impemba went 4-for-4 with one run scored, to lead Oakland (3-10) past Buffalo (9-9), 8-3, on Saturday in the Flyer Classic at Woerner Field. The Golden Grizzlies scored six runs in the middle innings.
"Tim Koons and the bullpen did a great job attacking the strike zone and getting ahead of their hitters," said OU coach John Musachio. "Offensively, our guys were much more aggressive both at the plate and on the bases, and really set the tone. Brett Impemba really showed big time guts in his first career start and led the way with a 4-for-4 effort."
Jake Theisen went 3-for-5, with an RBI and a double, while Mike Carson drove in a team-best two runs with a double. The bullpen of LHP Bryan Jagielo, RHP Kevin Korkate, RHP Doug Beath and RHP Russell Luxton combined for one earned run, walking none and gave up just two hits.
Buffalo's RHP Mike Burke suffered his first loss of the season on the mound, giving up eight hits, seven runs, five earned runs and fanned four. Alex Baldock led the offense by going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
With the score tied 1-1, the Golden Grizzlies took the lead with three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a bases loaded double by Carson. OU tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning as Impemba stole third base and crossed home plate on a throwing error by the catcher, while Theisen doubled to drive in another run as the Golden Grizzlies broke the game wide open.
OU scored eight runs, on 11 hits and had one error, while UB scored three runs, on eight hits and committed five errors.
Oakland will conclude the Flyer Classic on Sunday with a single game versus host Dayton at 3 p.m. The action can be followed via live stats here.