Behind Ryan’s play, Grizzlies move into first place
Senior centerfielder Tim Ryan collected the Summit League Player of the Week award on Monday. Ryan’s performance over the past five games has led the Golden Grizzlies to the top of the Summit League standings, with a 10-24 record, 4-3 in the conference.
During the past week, Oakland went 4-1, fueled by the hot bat of Ryan. In that span, the senior hit .421 and extended his hitting streak to six games. Ryan swiped two bases, giving him a team-high 17 for the season. He only needs six more to set the school career-record of 80 stolen bases.
Oakland took three of the four games in a home series against IPFW this past week. Ryan went 7-for-16 in the four games against the Mastodons and hit a two-run homer in the series finale, an 11-6 victory.
Earlier this season, Ryan joined rare company, becoming just the third player in school history to reach 200 career hits.
Women’s golf takes second at Bowling Green tourney
The Oakland women’s golf team concluded the regular season strong with a runner-up finish in the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. The event, hosted by Bowling Green, featured schools such as Ohio, Detroit and Indianapolis.
Indianapolis was the only school able to better OU’s final combined score of 636 (+60 for the course). Senior Liz Ecker led the Golden Grizzlies with a 156 (+12) over two rounds. Ecker led all players after the first day with a 73, but struggled the following round with an 83 in windy conditions.
Sophomore Kassandra Komma carded an 80 in the final round, while junior Mara Kovac was close behind, shooting an 81 to help Oakland secure the runner-up trophy.
The Golden Grizzles look ahead to the Summit League Tournament on April 22-24. The event will be held in Primm, Nev.
Coriasso leads men’s golf in Louisiana competition
The Oakland softball team snapped a 16 game losing streak with two straight victories against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
By taking two of the three matchups in the home series, Oakland captured its first Summit League series of the season.
On Friday, Oakland took the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Jackrabbits in walk-off fashion, winning 6-5. Junior third baseman Erin
Galloway had three RBIs in the game, providing the game-winning win in the bottom of the seventh inning. Her hit capped off a four run barrage in the seventh, completing a comeback win. Junior Abbie Richardson earned the win, pitching a complete game, giving up runs and striking out five batters.
Galloway added two more hits in the game on Saturday, a 5-3 victory. Freshman Morgan Muron led the Oakland attack with two hits and two RBIs as the team improved to 5-31 on the year and 3-15 in the Summit League.
The season continues for the Grizzlies with a road doubleheader today at Toledo beginning at 2 p.m.
Lithuanian big-man signs with men’s basketball team
Viktoras Merkevicius signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at on April 12. Merkevicius used his 6-foot-9 frame to dominate the paint in high school at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif.
A native of Vilkaviskis, Lithuania, Merkevicius is exactly the kind of player Oakland head coach Greg Kampe is looking for.
“We are very excited to sign Viktor, because he meets a need we have,” Kampe said. “I believe he can play the four or the five. He’s a great free-throw shooter, good jump shooter, left-handed and will fit very well in our dribble-drive offense as a four. We believe he has a chance to play right away.”
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