May 18, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Mike Carson had a combined six RBIs and Spencer Marentette had a walkoff hit in the nightcap, to help Oakland (23-29, 14-6) sweep a doubleheader, 10-4 and 8-7, over Southern Utah (18-33, 12-10) on Friday at the OU Baseball Field. The Golden Grizzlies claimed their 750th win in program history with the sweep.
"I'm very proud of the bounce back effort from our team today," said head coach John Musachio. "We showed our true grit and heart today, especially with the comeback win in the second game."
Mike Carson had a home run and drove in four runs to propel Oakland past Southern Utah 10-4 in the opening game of the doubleheader. Jake Morton led the Golden Grizzlies with three hits, as OU had 15 hits for the second consecutive game against the Thunderbirds.
The Golden Grizzlies jumped on the SUU pitching early, scoring in the first inning on a two-RBI single by Aaron Cieslak, followed by an RBI-single from Nolan Jacoby. Oakland made it 4-0 on a two-out double by Carson in the second that scored Tim Ryan.
The Thunderbirds cut the OU lead in half with a two-run double in the fourth, but OU stranded a runner at third to escape further damage in the inning. Oakland responded with a run in the fifth, then used a two-run home run by Carson to score three runs in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.
"We didn't play our best baseball yesterday, so the way we rebounded today was important," said Musachio. "I also thought this was the best outing of the season for Hayden Fox."
Hayden Fox (2-6) earned the win for Oakland, striking out nine batters over seven innings. He scattered six hits and allowed just two earned runs. Kelsey Outram (3-9) suffered the loss for Southern Utah.
Morton was 3-for-4 to lead OU, while Ryan, Carson, Jacoby and Kyle Bobolts each had two hits. Carson had four RBIs, while Cieslak drvoe in three runs. David Ricker was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead SUU, while Tariq Staton also added a pair of hits.
Bobolts had three RBIs, including a game-tying home run as Oakland rallied from five runs down for an 8-7 win. Marentette hit a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to drive in Ryan with the winning run.
After falling behind 6-1, Oakland tied the game on Bobolt's first career home run, a solo shot with two outs in the sixth inning. That allowed OU to play for the win in the seventh. Ryan drew a leadoff walk and came in to score on a two-out single by Marentette.
The rally began in the fourth, where Robby Enslen drove in a run before Bobolts came through with a bases-loaded single to drive in two more. Carson hit a two-RBI double in the fifth inning that cut the score to 6-5 and made it a one-run game.
Jason Hager (4-3) pitched his third complete game of the season to earn the win for Oakland. He struck out nine batters over seven innings and allowed just two earned runs. Reliever Kolby Rimer (1-3) suffered the loss for Southern Utah.
"The guys really came to life late and pulled out a great win," said Musachio. "Jason Hager was a warrior on the mound for us today and the way he competed for the entire game, put us in a position to get the win."
Bobolts was 2-for-3 and joined Cieslak, Marentette and John Estes with two hits each. Oakland outhit Southern Utah 12-8. Ryan scored twice to take his season runs total to 52, which is tied for second most in school history and is just three shy of the school record.
Chase Rezac was 3-for-4 to lead SUU, while Bo Cuthbertson finished 2-for-4. Mitchell Kauweloa had the big hit for the Thunderbirds, a three-run home run in the third inning.
Oakland and Southern Utah will wrap up the series on Saturday with a single game starting at 1 p.m. at the OU Baseball Field. It will be Senior Day with a ceremony to honor OU's graduating senior team members following the conclusion of the game.