Oakland (18-15, 8-5)
|Game 1 -- Fri., April 29 -- 3 p.m. ET:
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Game 2 -- Fri., April 29 -- 6:30 p.m. ET:
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Game 3 -- Sat., April 30 -- 5 p.m. ET:
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ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Oakland baseball team travels to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game weekend series against first place Wright State with game one scheduled for Friday April 29 at 3 p.m. at Nischwitz Stadium. Game two of the Friday doubleheader is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies will close out the series Saturday, April 30 at 5 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN3.
LAST TIME OUT
Oakland split a pair of midweek home games, falling to Central Michigan 7-4 on April 27 and defeating Rochester College 7-3 on April 28. Against the Chippewas, Tyler Pagano collected two hits and two RBIs, while Mike McGee went 3-for-3 with a walk and starter Chris Van Dyke threw 5.0 innings allowing just one run. Against the Warriors, Brett Impemba went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Ian Yetsko hit a two-run home run. On the mound, right-hander Aaron Dehn won his second game of the season pitching 4.2 innings while allowing three runs on two hits and striking out one batter. Ben Hart and Jordan Jackson also each drove in one run.
The Golden Grizzlies are 5-20 all-time against the Raiders, having dropped the last 16 games. The last Oakland win came in 2004 with a 9-6 victory.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE
The Raiders enter the series owning a 28-12 record overall and a 12-3 record in league play, good for first place. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games, going 4-0 against Horizon League opponents in that stretch. The Raiders’ last league loss came on April 9 in a 2-0 defeat against Milwaukee. Outfielder Ryan Fucci leads the team offensively with a 36 RBIs with a .305 batting average and six home runs. On the mound, Trevor Swaney and Jesse Scholtens each own a 6-1 record with Swaney boasting a 2.88 earned-run average and Scholtens close behind at 3.19.
HORIZON LEAGUE RANKINGS
The Oakland pitching staff has the second best ERA in the Horizon League at 3.91 and has allowed the fewest runs, earned runs, hits and walks in the league. RHP Joe Buchalski ranks inside the top-10 in the Horizon League in ERA, opposing batting average, hits allowed, and strikeouts with 48. Nate Green has six saves this season, tied for the most in the Horizon League.
Offensively, SS Mike Brosseau is solidifying himself as one of the best hitters in the conference as he leads the Horizon League with eight home runs and a .575 slugging percentage. He also ranks in the top-10 in the HL in batting average, on-base percentage and runs scored. Brosseau ranks 41st in the NCAA in home runs per game. INF/OF Zach Sterry has 11 doubles and is ranked 75th in the NCAA in doubles per game
Yetsko was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League team at second base after earning all-Horizon League second team honors last season. He finished the season ranked 20th in the NCAA in doubles and eighth in doubles per game. Yetsko also hit .295 with a team-high 28 RBIs and 30 runs.
Pagano earned a spot on the College Sports Madness Preseason all-league first team after hitting .307 with 22 RBIs and 21 runs scored last season. Brosseau earned a second team selection along with Yetsko on the Madness Preseason list after leading the team with seven home runs and .470 slugging percentage.
COACH MOOSE AT THE HELM
Head coach John Musachio enters his ninth season as the head coach and 11th overall with the program. He became the all-time winningest coach in program history last season and currently sits at 163 for his career. He was named The Summit League Coach of the Year in 2013. He has had four players drafted under his tenure, Jake Paulson in the 27th round and Jake Morton in the 29th round in 2014, Hayden Fox in the 21st round in 2012 and Shane McCatty in the 34th round in 2009.
FRIDAY PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Joe Buchalski
WSU -- RHP Jesse Scholtens
Oakland – RHP Jake Lee
WSU – LHP Robby Sexton
SATURDAY PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Tyler Palm
WSU – RHP Caleb Sampen