The Blitz: March 1 2017

AuJenee Hirsch, Staff Reporter

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Baseball at ETS: The Golden Grizzlies lost to the East Tennessee State Bucs 10-2 in game one of the series on Feb. 21. Zach Sterry went 2-for-4 with one RBI and a double that scored Myles Zilinsky.

In game two, Oakland fell to the Bucs 7-9 after 12 innings, with the teams tied at 5 at the end of the ninth inning. Zach Sterry recorded his first multihomer game of the season, hitting two home runs to go with three RBIs.  Also, Tyler Pagano finished the game going 2-for-5, recording two runs and a double.  

Baseball at EKU: Black and Gold travelled to Eastern Kentucky University to compete in a three-day game series Feb. 24-26. On day one, Oakland fell to EKU 3-2. Jake Lee threw a career-high 11 strikeouts over 7.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs for the Oakland baseball team.

On the second day, Oakland lost to EKU 2-1.  Tyler Palm threw 6.0 innings, allowing just three hits, one earned run and striking out seven batters to tie his career high. On the final day of the series, the Golden Grizzlies lost 9-4 as Emerson Misch went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Tyler Janish extended his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the fifth inning.

Women’s tennis at Florida: The women’s tennis team travelled to Florida Feb. 24-27 to play against Keiser University, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Presbyterian College and Stetson University.

Oakland fell to Keiser University 5-2 on Feb. 24. Samantha Galloway and Sofia Borcuti picked up singles wins for Oakland.  Galloway picked up a win in straight sets over KU’s Samantha Guy, 6-0, 6-1, to move to 3-1 when competing in the No. 4 singles spot. Amanda Nilsson and Daria Artamonova picked up the first doubles win of the afternoon, defeating the No. 9 NAIA double tandem Guy and Lorene Foerste, 6-2.

The Golden Grizzlies defeated Florida A&M with a 7-0 win.  Artamonova and Nilsson won their doubles match 6-2 and Allison Motea and Nilsson secured Oakland’s double point with a 6-1 win. Friday’s match marked the first time the Golden Grizzlies (2-4) have earned the doubles point this season.

Oakland split day three in Orlando with a 7-0 loss to Florida Atlantic and a 4-3 win against Presbyterian College at the USTA National Campus on Feb. 26.

On their final day in Florida, the Golden Grizzlies dropped the match to Stetson 0-7 on Feb. 27.  Artamonova and Nilsson picked up a win in doubles play Monday as the Oakland Tennis team fell to Stetson (1-7).

Softball Citrus Classic: Erin Kownacki  tossed her second complete game shutout with four strikeouts to lead Oakland to a 1-0 win over Ball State at the Citrus Classic on Friday, Feb. 24. In the nightcap, the Golden Grizzlies fell to Liberty University, 7-1.

The Golden Grizzlies split the final day of the Citrus Classic on Feb. 25. Kaley Waalkes thew 8.0 strong innings, allowing four runs, three earned and struck out six to lead Oakland to a 7-4 win in nine innings over Morgan State.

In game two of the day, Fordham’s Madison Aughinbaugh tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out four to lead the Rams past the Golden Grizzlies 2-0.

Track HL Championships: Track and field travelled to Youngstown State to compete in the indoor championships Feb. 25-26.  The men’s team recorded its highest league finish for indoor or outdoor season in program history, finishing second with 157 points. The women finished third with 138 points.

Day one saw four first-place finishes for the Golden Grizzlies, along with three record-breaking performances. Dana Tessmer won pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 4.5 inches, breaking her own school record. Jacob Bowman won the 5000m with his time of 14:32.59, while Sammy Mondy’s time of 17:23.56 won her gold for the women’s.

The women’s distance relay team of Rachel Levy, Odette Ingall, Kailey Weingartz and Ashley Burr won first place with 12:18.42 to round out the first-place finishes on day one.

On day two, Bryce Stroede took home first in the mile with 4:09.23.  Corey Goodloe took first in the 400m dash with 48.84 and Austin Dawn’s time of 1:55.68 was good to take home gold in the 800m.

Lydia Stanley finished first in the 800m for the women with a time of 2:14.25.  Both team’s 4×400 teams won gold and set new records in the event. For the women, it was Andrea Koenigsknecht, Stanley, Sydney Sterling and Chanel Gardner with a time of 3:52.28. For the men, Zach Joyce, Tré Brown, Austin Davis and Goodloe won the event with 3:17.08.

For full coverage of the event, visit www.oaklandpostonline.com.

The Golden Grizzlies will open the outdoor season on March 24-25 at the Raleigh Relays and Tennessee Invite.

Men’s Golf at Wexford Plantation: Feb. 27-28

Oakland finished in 15th place with an overall score of 916 (+52) in the Wexford Men’s Golf Intercollegiate on Feb. 27-28. The Golden Grizzlies shot their lowest score of the tournament on the final day with a 10-over-par score of 298.

Marc Norton posted a team-best tie for 19th-place finish with an overall score of 223 (+7).