March 25, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Senior Andrew Stafford went 3-for-5, scoring two, sophomore Greg Welke pitched three scoreless innings and redshirt freshman Tim Ryan scored the game-winning run as the Oakland University baseball team (6-11) defeated Notre Dame (14-8) Wednesday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The win is Oakland's first over the Irish in 13 tries since moving to Division I.
The Golden Grizzlies got on the board first in the second inning after a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Dan Gliot brought Stafford home to bring the score to 1-0. But, the Irish evened the playing field with a sacrifice fly of their own to make the score 1-1.
OU continued their scoring run in the top of the third when redshirted sophomore Tommy Jablonski hit a sacrifice fly with two men on that allowed sophomore Brett Geschke to get home. A single by senior Justin Wilson followed to bring the score to 3-1.
The Golden Grizzlies then held the Irish to three scoreless innings, tacking on two more runs in the fifth inning to lead by as many as 5-1. The Irish would notch one more run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-2 before going on a tear in the seventh inning, which included a triple by Jeremy Barnes, that would tie the game at 5-5.
It would be the quick feet of Tim Ryan that would put the Golden Grizzlies back on top in the eighth inning. When the redshirted freshman came into the game as a pinch runner, he stole second and third base before a single by D.J. Jarrad would bring him home to make the score 6-5.
Closer Matt LaMothe kept Oakland on the winning end and earned the save by fanning three batters in 1.2 innings of play, including two in the bottom of the ninth to give Oakland the 6-5 victory.
Welke started for Oakland and allowed six hits, five runs and stuck out two in 6.2 innings of play, while Andrew Estes earned his first victory of the season, allowing one hit in 0.2 innings.
Oakland will look to add another `W' in the win column when they host Concordia University on Friday, March 27 at the OU Baseball Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.