April 14, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Left-handed pitcher Jason Hager (1-3) tossed a complete-game, striking out a career-high 12, and Mike Carson went 3-for-6, with a home run and four runs batted in, to lead Oakland (9-24, 4-3) to a Summit League doubleheader sweep over IPFW (11-23, 3-4), 7-5 and 7-4, on Saturday at the OU Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies starting pitching struck out 17 batters to just four walks in 13.0 innings pitched.
"We had very good pitching and timely hitting today," said OU coach John Musachio. "Russ Luxton filled in for us and gave us six strong innings, and then (Greg) Welke slammed the door. Jason Hager was sensational (in the nightcap) and our clutch hitting with two outs was superb. It was a couple of nice team wins and we need to come back tomorrow and try to finish and win the series."
Russell Luxton (1-4) picked up his first win of the season on the mound for the Golden Grizzlies, working 6.0 innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs and struck out five. Greg Welke earned his first save of the season, tossing the final 3.0 innings, giving up just one hit, no earned runs and fanned three.
Aaron Cieslak went 2-for-3 in game two, driving in three runs, while Tim Ryan finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base and John Estes was a perfect 2-for-2, with one RBI, walk and run scored. Carson began game one with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning and led the Grizzlies with a 3-for-4 performance and four RBIs. Ian Yetsko had a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate, while Kyle Bobolts and Todd Dunham each had two hits in the opener.
IPFW's Jason Kalber (4-5) tossed a complete game for the Mastodons in the opener, giving up 11 hits, seven runs, six earned runs and struck out four. Carter DeBoe led the `Dons offensively, going 4-for-8, with two RBIs, a home run and double.
With OU leading 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Grizzlies' Yetsko began a two-out rally with a single up the middle and scored on a bunt single off the bat of Dunham who advanced all the way to third base on a throwing error by the IPFW third baseman. Ryan followed with a RBI single to left-center field as the lead grew to three, 6-3.
Yetsko provided the Golden Grizzlies with an insurance run in the eighth inning as he drove in Bobolts who doubled to left-center field as Oakland took a 7-3 lead in to the ninth inning. After an error by the OU first baseman, Clay Hathaway doubled to left-center field and later scored on a ground out to third base for the final runs of the game as OU won game one by two, 7-5.
The nightcap had three lead changes through the first three innings as the Golden Grizzlies led 4-3 heading in to the fifth inning. The `Dons would tie the game at 4-4 when Hager picked over to first base and Malcolm White got in a pickle long enough to allow Daren Boss to score who reached on a single and advanced to third base on a failed pick off.
The Golden Grizzlies regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs. Estes started the inning with a line-drive base hit to right field and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. He then moved over to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch to give the Grizzlies their first run. With two outs and runners on second and third, Cieslak delivered another big two-out single to extend the lead to three runs and give Oakland a big league sweep on the day.
The fourth and final game of this Summit League series will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the OU Baseball Field. The game can be followed at OUgrizzlies.com or twitter@OUgrizzlies.