May 10, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Left-handed pitcher Jason Hager (3-6) tossed his first complete-game shutout of the season, scattering four hits and struck out five, while Mike Brosseau and Spencer Marentette were each 4-for-7 on the day, to lead Oakland (15-31, 10-11) to a split with Omaha (21-21, 14-5) on Friday at the OU Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies lost in extra innings in game one, 8-2 (12), and won game two, 3-0.
"We had a lot of chances to put them away in game one today and just couldn't get it done," said OU coach John Musachio. "It was a very tough loss that we felt we let get away. (Tim) Koons and (Russell) Luxton pitched extremely well for 11 innings. In between games, we talked about finding the heart of our team in game two. As difficult a loss as it was, our guys showed their true heart and character by bouncing back and playing perhaps our best overall game of the year. I could not be more proud. (Jason) Hager was simply brilliant. He commanded three pitches the entire game."
Right-handed pitcher Tim Koons (4-5) tossed six scoreless innings in the opener. Omaha's Caleb Palensky then doubled down the right-field line with runners at second and third to tie the game at 2-2. Koons finished with 7.0 innings pitched, allowing five hits, two runs, walked three and struck out three in a no decision.
Closer Russell Luxton Jr. then threw 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and struck out three. After an error by OU started the 12th inning, the Mavericks cashed in and went on to score six runs in the inning to win by six.
The nightcap was a pitcher's duel between Hager and LHP Steven Schoonover (3-3). Both threw five scoreless innings. The Grizzlies would break through in the sixth inning with three runs.
It looked like the rally was going to fall short again when OU had runners at first and third and Jared Theisen lined to third base and they doubled off Brosseau who started the inning with a single. With two outs, Robby Enslen advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a Nolan Jacoby single up the middle. Carson then doubled to score Jacoby and Marentette singled to center field to plate Carson as the Golden Grizzlies won by three.
The fourth and final game of the series will be on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. OU will recognize the late Ryan Kennedy, who lost his life to brain cancer, by having his family throw out the first pitch. To help cancer research, join Kim at the Ryan Kennedy Golf Outing (Brochure for golf outing).