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Raiders take victory in rubber match in Oakland

ROCHESTER, MI – The Wright State baseball team defeated Oakland 4-2 on Sunday afternoon for the series victory. The Raiders are now 27-19 overall and 16-8 in the Horizon League.

The Raiders finished with four runs on nine hits and four walks against their nine strikeouts. They were led by Patrick Fultz, Julian GreenwellAnd Andrew Patricks two hits each, followed by Jay Luikart, Sammy SassAnd Boston Smith one hit each recording. Patrick and Greenwell both had one double on the day, while Patrick added an extra basehit with one home run.

The game got off to a slow start, with neither team scoring in the first four innings. The Raiders had one hit in both the first and second inning, a Greenwell double and Fultz single. A Patrick homer to left field in the top of the fifth inning was the first run scored. Fultz followed the base on balls, advanced to second base on a hit pitch from Arnold and scored on a Sass single to center field.

Both teams remained hitless in the sixth, while the Raiders increased their lead to 4-0 in the seventh. Their two runs came when Patrick reached on a double to right center and scored on a Fultz single. Fultz advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Arnold, and to third base on a grounder by Gregory. A Greenwell single through the left side allowed Fultz to score. The Golden Grizzlies battled, adding one run in the seventh and another in the bottom of the ninth, but Wright State emerged victorious, 4-2.

Starting pitcher Chet Lax (4-0) was awarded the win after allowing just one run on five hits with just one walk and striking out five batters. Cam Allen earned his second save of the season after pitching the final one and one third innings, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and striking out four batters.

Oakland starting pitcher Brandon Decker was charged with the loss after allowing the first two Raider runs on four hits with two walks and striking out eight batters. The Golden Grizzlies finished with two runs on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. They led because of Lucas Day’s two hits, including one double.