OU baseball bringing it all together heading into Horizon League Championships

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Stanley Tu

The Oakland baseball team got their first series victory against Wright State ever this weekend.

Joseph Popis, Sports Reporter

This season the Oakland University Baseball Team has compiled a 27-24 record, significantly better than last season’s 18-29. The team is 16-10 in conference play, 15-6 at home and 12-18 on the road. Since the end of the school year, the squad has gone 8-4 in the last 12 games. 

The first win came against Milwaukee, 9-3, on April 30. Junior pitcher Travis Densmore had eight strikeouts over seven innings. Redshirt senior Brenton Phillips had three hits and two RBIs, and graduate student Brad Goulet hit two balls with two RBIs. 

On May 1, the Grizzlies took care of Milwaukee again with a whopping 17-8 victory. Senior Luke Malmanger hit two home runs while sophomore Brandon Heidal had three hits and one RBI. 

A few days later, on May 4, the Grizzlies took care of the University of Pittsburgh with a win, 8-4. Senior Gabe Lux had three hits and one RBI, while senior Michael Stygles also had three hits and two RBIs. 

The Grizzlies also took two wins over Wright State in the next two games on May 6, 5-4, and 6-4. In the first game, Stygles hit four balls, and senior Jared Miller had one hit and one RBI. Miller had two hits and three RBIs in the second game. 

Redshirt junior Thomas Green had two hits and one RBI. Redshirt senior pitcher Christian Stelling struck out five batters over five innings. Freshman pitcher Hunter Pidek struck out four batters over three innings. 

On May 8, the Grizzlies dropped the first game to Milwaukee, 2-3. However, they won the second game, 6-2. Junior Ian Cleary had two hits and three RBIs. 

Redshirt junior pitcher Brett Hagen had three strikeouts with zero earned runs over four innings, while graduate student Quinton Kujawa struck out two batters over four innings. 

A week later, on May 13, the Grizzlies faced Northern Kentucky University. They played two games, winning the first game 5-4 while dropping the second game 4-9. 

In the win, Phillips had three hits and one RBI. Pidek struck out two batters over four innings.

The Grizzlies will now face Northern Kentucky University for a three-game matchup from May 19-21. The Grizzlies have split their two-game matchup with Northern Kentucky previously and will look to finish the season strong. 

The Grizzlies currently sit in third place in the Horizon League standings behind Wright State, which is 16-7 in conference play, and the University of Illinois Chicago, which is 13-8 in conference play. The Grizzlies have improved and will look to compete at the Horizon League Championships from May 25-28.