CHICAGO -- Connor Fannon threw 6.0 innings giving up just two runs on five hits and striking out six batters as the No. 5 seed Oakland baseball team upset No. 3 seed Northern Kentucky 12-5 Thursday night at Curtis Granderson Stadium in the Horizon League Tournament. The win marked just the second time in the Division I era that Oakland won multiple conference tournament games with the last time coming in 2000 as members of the Summit League.
Oakland (17-38) scored early and often as Emerson Misch, who finished the day 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs, drove in the first run of the game in the first inning with a ground ball to the shortstop that scored Ben Hart, who tripled in the previous at-bat.
Drew Demumbrum notched a base-hit RBI in the second inning then hit a RBI-double in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0. Matt DiLeo and Mike McGee each drove in a run in the top of the fifth inning to give the Golden Grizzlies a 5-0 lead. After Northern Kentucky (25-33) got on the board in the bottom of the frame, the Golden Grizzlies responded with three more runs in the sixth as Hart and Misch each hit RBI-singles and Tyler Pagano drove in the other with a ground ball fielder's choice. Misch and DiLeo teamed up in the eighth inning hitting a pair of homers for their third and sixth of the season respectively.
Oakland will face No. 2 Wright State tomorrow on ESPN3. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The Raiders and Flames play at 1 p.m. ET.