ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Oakland baseball team will travel to Chicago Friday, May 5 for a doubleheader against UIC beginning at 12:05 p.m. ET then head home for a twinbill against Valparaiso at Noon on May 7. Sunday's Alumni Day promotion has been postponed to a future date.
Oakland is looking to bounce back after dropping its last four games. Tyler Pagano continues his dominance at the plate hitting .500 last week (8-for-16) with one home run and three RBIs. Pagano is currently sporting an 18-game hitting streak. Zach Sterry has reached base safely in 35 consecutive games. Sterry has not reached base in just one game this season which came on Feb. 24 at Eastern Kentucky. Left-handed pitcher Nate Schweers has provided relief out of the bullpen by allowing the fewest hits among pitchers in league play with 20 and has allowed the fifth fewest earned runs with nine.
The Flames sit in first-place just one game ahead of Wright State in the league standings and have won 11 of their last 13 games. UIC split two games against Georgia Tech in Chicago last weekend that saw senior left-handed pitcher Jake Dahlberg, who will get the start in game one against Oakland, throw 8.0 scoreless innings allowing three hits and striking out six batters while walking only one. It was the Flames' eighth shutout of the season which leads the nation. UIC also leads the NCAA in fielding percentage (.985) and ranks second nationally in fewest errors committed (24).
Valparaiso is coming off a midweek victory over Northern Illinois and is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The Crusaders lost two out of three games last weekend at Youngstown State and are tied for fourth-place with Oakland in the conference standings. Coming into the game against the Huskies on May 3, junior outfielder Giovanni Garbella was hitting .451 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 14 games.
UIC GAME 1 PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Aaron Dehn
UIC -- LHP Jake Dahlberg
UIC GAME 2 PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Connor Fannon
UIC -- RHP Ryan Campbell
VALPO GAME 1 PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Jake Lee
Valparaiso -- RHP Grant Inman
VALPO GAME 2 PITCHING PROBABLES
Oakland -- RHP Conor Bowers
Valparaiso -- RHP Ellis Foreman