May 14, 2017

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ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Jordan Jackson pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth inning and blasted a three-run home run to walk-off Youngstown State 7-5 in game one as the Oakland baseball team completed the doubleheader sweep Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Baseball Field.

Right-handed pitcher Jake Lee tossed 8.0 innings allowing just one run on five hits, no walks and struck out nine Penguin batters. Matt DiLeo gave Oakland (15-34, 11-16 HL) the lead in the fourth inning with a three-run home run, his fifth of the season. Youngstown State (15-36, 9-21 HL) rallied in the top of the ninth by scoring four runs and taking a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Mike McGee stepped to the plate with two outs and delivered a clutch RBI-single down the third base line, that gave way to Jackson's heroics in the next at-bat.

In game two, Tyler Pagano went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and hit his 10th home run of the season as the Golden Grizzlies defeated the Penguins 8-6. Ryan Fitzgerald also played long ball for the second time this year and right-hander Conor Bowers matched a career-high eight strikeouts. Bowers has struck out six or more batters in his last three starts.

With the pair of wins, Oakland secured a spot in the Horizon League Tournament beginning May 24 and will close out the regular season with a three-game series at home against Northern Kentucky May 18-20.




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