May 17, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Mike Brosseau tied the game with a single to right field and Robby Enslen drove in the game-winning run with a base hit to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning as Oakland (18-33, 13-13) rallied to defeat Western Illinois (18-33, 9-15), 5-4, on Friday at the OU Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies locked up the No. 2 seed at The Summit League Championship, hosted by OU May 23-25.
"Our guys never stopped believing that we were going to win," said OU coach John Musachio. "I really give our young men a lot of credit. We made a few costly mistakes in the eighth inning, but kept our heads up and got it done in dramatic fashion. Robby (Enslen) and Mike (Brosseau) came up huge, but our entire lineup had great at bats today."
Right-handed pitcher Tim Koons had a no decision, throwing 7.1 strong innings, allowing six hits, four runs, three earned runs and struck out five. RHP Connor Mielock (2-1) earned the win in relief, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out one.
With Oakland leading 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning, the Leathernecks scored two runs to take a 4-3 lead. Dan Dispensa drove in the first run with a single to left field and advanced to second base on the throw. After a base hit by Jameson Henning, Dispensa scored on a ground out to second base.
Spencer Marentette led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Todd Dunham. Brosseau then delivered a clutch base hit to right field to plate Marentette and tie the game. Fresh off his game-tying home run yesterday, Enslen came through once again, this time with the game-winning RBI single to left field as OU walked off with the victory.
OU scored five runs, on 14 hits and committed one error, while WIU scored four runs, on eight hits and had one error.
The Golden Grizzlies and Leathernecks will conclude the regular season with a doubleheader tomorrow at 1 p.m. OU will honor its six seniors after the games; Kyle Bobolts, Carson, Russell Luxton Jr., Kevin Korkate, Jacoby, Dunham and Mielock.