April 22, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Tim Ryan drove in Trent Drumheller for the game-winning run in the 11th inning, as Oakland (14-25) won, 5-4, over Nebraska-Omaha (11-30) on Sunday at the OU Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies swept the three-game series with Mavericks to improve to 9-1 at home this season.
"We didn't play our best baseball for the second straight day," said Oakland head coach John Musachio. "The fact that we found a way to win is very encouraging, especially in the middle of finals week."
Drumheller started the rally with a single that dropped just inside the left-field line in the 11th. He then advanced to second on a pitch in the dirt. Ryan followed up with a single that fell in front of the onrushing centerfielder and allowed Drumheller to score from second to win the game.
It was the second consecutive come-from-behind win for OU, which rallied to erase a two-run deficit in the seventh inning. Ian Yetsko drove when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Aaron Cieslak then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Ryan, tying the game 4-4 and eventually forcing extras.
UNO pushed its lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning before OU responded with a run from Cieslak in the bottom of the frame. The two teams again traded runs in the fifth, with John Estes hitting an RBI-double to make it a 3-2 game. The Mavericks added a run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-2 before the late OU rally.
Estes was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, the only extra-base hits in the game. Jake Morton was 3-for-5 and scored twice, while Yetsko was 2-for-3 to extend his nine-game hitting. Ryan was 2-for-6 with a run, an RBI and also stole a base. It was the 79th stolen base of his career for Ryan, who is now one shy of tying the OU school record.
The visiting Mavericks outhit Oakland 12-11, behind a 3-for-6 effort from Alex Mortenson. Three other UNO players added two hits each. Reliever Curtis Smith (2-4) suffered the loss for the Mavs after taking over in the bottom of the seventh.
Oakland used a total of six pitchers with Russell Luxton (2-4) eventually earning the win after he pitched a scoreless 11th inning. Starter Hayden Fox had six strikeouts in the first four innings for an OU staff that had 10 total strikeouts.
"We need to get through this week of finals and get some rest, so that we can refocus and play our best baseball against Western Illinois," concluded Musachio.
The Golden Grizzlies will have the rest of the week off before they return to Summit League play on Friday with the series opener against Western Illinois at the OU Baseball Field at 3 p.m.